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TEAI Annual Student Technology Challenges


Coming soon in 2019: Student Welding, Woodworking, Graphic Design, and 3D Printing Challenges. 


Announcing the new exciting opportunity for Technology / STEM Education students in Illinois to win prize money for their creative efforts in school. TEAI, Technology Education Association of Illinois has created a student contest that focuses on “Hands-On, Minds-On” challenges. TEAI will be announcing the Student Technology Challenges at this year’s Illinois Technology Education Conference held at the Marriott located in Uptown Normal Illinois on November 8th and 9th http://www.teaillinois.org/ITEC

The challenges focused on Technology / STEM areas of: Woodworking, Metalworking, Graphic Design and Polymers (3D Printing). Each submission is:

·         Open to any middle or high school student in a technology and engineering education class.

·         There are two levels of competition: Students in grades 5-8 and 9-12. Included within the solution, the participant should clearly indicate their name, what grade he/she is/was during the time the solution was made, and the school name. 

·         The solution must be contained within a shipping box with inside dimensions (ID) not larger than 12” x 12” x 5 1⁄2". Maximum of 70 lbs. Teachers may submit more than one project per box as able. Any solution larger than the ID of this box size will be disqualified.

·         The solution must be original work, e.g., no pre-purchased kits, downloaded files/parts, etc.

·          A one-page - front and back - (maximum), word-processed document, may be included in the shipping box to describe the device, its purpose, originality, construction, process used, etc.

·         Pictures of the creation process are recommended

·         The solution must be postmarked no later than April 1, 2020.

·         The solution must be sent to: Dr. Chris Merrill, Illinois State University, 215 Turner Hall, Normal, IL 61790-5100.

Students will be scored using a provided rubric outlining the required constraints of the project.

Any questions can be sent to Kyle Thomas, kyltho@d219.org.




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