Contest DatesDates and Locations: December 6, 2014 – January 24, 2015.
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Dates: November 10, 2014 – November 25, 2014
Participation CertificateComing soon.
Release FormClick here.
The invention contest is an open-ended contest. Teams of two to four students will create and develop a robotic invention to demonstrate a solution for a problem of their choice. Invention Contest teams will showcase their research, robot performance, robot design, marketing, and presentation skills for judges at the TCEA area contests. Students will approach their problem as a real team of engineers working together to solve their problem using the Engineering Design Process.
The arena contest is a prescribed problem contest. Teams of two to four students receive a set of challenge rules and specifications designed around a theme that varies from year to year. The year's challenge theme is "Food Frenzy".
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Race Against Time Mat
Mats are no longer available from Lego, but TCEA has permission to have these created. We have done our best to match the material texture, markings and cut, but there is no guarantee. It is recommended that schools purchase at least one new mat, for final testing purposes. TCEA will use these new mats at the area and state contests. Mats can be purchased through TCEA here.
Food Frenzy Game Pieces
Dura ¾” schedule-40 PVC coupler - The couplers are “standard” ¾” PVC pipe couplers that can be found at home improvement stores – such as the Home Depot – for less than 50 cents per coupler. “Food Frenzy” uses five (5) Dura ¾” schedule-40 PVC pipe couplers for a single team. To purchase these through TCEA, click here.
Wiffle balls - The Wiffle balls are hollow golfball-sized (1 5/8” diameter) perforated Wiffle-style balls. These balls are also called “practice golf balls” – they can be purchased at many toy stores, sporting goods stores, and online. There is NO specific color designation – the balls can be ANY color, though the most popular colors are white, orange, yellow, and red. “Food Frenzy” uses five (5) practice golf balls for a single team. To purchase these through TCEA, click here.
“Food Frenzy” also makes use of two “team-provided” game pieces that teams will use during their matches; these game pieces – an “Irrigation Channel” and a “Fertilizer Tower” – may optionally be built by teams (requirements are provided in the Game Task descriptions that use them) and may be used to help complete specific game tasks. These two game pieces are brought with the team to the competition table when the team is scheduled to compete, used during the game, and are returned to the team after each competition match. These “team-provided” game pieces may be built using any allowed materials, but must be factored in the team’s allowance and Bill of Materials.
Policy for Changes and CancellationsTCEA accepts American Express, VISA, MasterCard, Discover, checks, and school purchase orders (POs) for payment. Purchase orders must include the following information: registrants’ names, a breakdown of coverage, a dollar amount for each item, and a total amount for the purchase order.
Payment or purchase order must be received by the date of the contest.
If you registered with a purchase order, your purchase order will be charged the cancellation fee. Refunds will be processed after the event has taken place.
Changes to Registration
Regardless of the situation, it is the responsibility of the individual registrant to pay any balance that was not paid for by the employer, including cancellation charges.
Send registration payments and purchase orders to:
Fax: 512 476 8574
P.O. Box 18507
Austin, Texas 78760
Physical Address (for overnight payments)
3100 Alvin Devane
Austin, Texas 78741
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