Competition Updates


General Rule N (MS guide) and M (HS guide) should read:

For all applicable competitive events, citations or references must follow Modern Language Association (MLA) style. Updated 2/3/16


Please note: For all entries that require documentation materials (comprising a “portfolio”) secured in a clear front report cover, visit this site for a sample report cover. 9/10/15


HS CNC Production

Students must thoroughly research mechanical banks before developing their device.

1.  Only one drawing on 11" x 17" paper is required for the single top view. 

2.  The isometric assembly drawing should be provided on one piece of 11" x 17" paper.

3.  G code pages may be provided, as needed. 

4.  A mill, lathe, or laser must be used for creating the major parts of the device (those noted in the component analysis section of the rating form); secondary parts may be machined using other methods (including 3D printing). See the sidebar on page 120 of the guidelines. 

5.  All parts created for the device must be detached from the stock. Raw parts are those that will be sanded, cut, or finished on site; finished parts those created (painted, sanded, and decorated for the theme) prior to the conference.



HS Dragster Design

Page 167, Evaluation should read:


Evaluation is based on points earned through car design and appearance, accuracy and quality of the drawing, as well as the top sixteen (16) interview and placement in the double elimination on-site race.

The minimum and maximum wheel base noted in the 2015 and 2016 HS Dragster Design specifications is correct. Placement of the axle hole from the front and rear of the car should be followed. (Note: Regardless of the maximum allowable wheelbase, the axle holes must be in the body of the car and placed more than 9mm from each end of the car.) 

General Rule J states: Entries must be started and completed during the current school year. All entries must be in English. Unless otherwise specified, no identifying information–other than an ID#–should be included on an entry.

Please note: For Dragster Design, placing the school name on the entry (car and/or drawing), all or in part, constitutes a violation of General Rule J and will result in a penalty.
A team name using a school mascot name does not violate this rule.

Example:  If the school mascot is a Turtle, and the name on the car is Turtle Racing, no penalty will be assessed. However, if the school name is Lafayette, and the name on the car is Lafayette Racing, a violation of General Rule J will be noted, with a resulting penalty.


HS Flight Endurance
Regulation A. should read:
Documentation materials (comprising “a portfolio”) are required and must be secured in a clear front report cover. The portfolio must include a flight log (see official sample that follows), with the previous ten (10) flights signed off by the participant’s advisor. The report cover must include the following single-sided, 8 ½ “ X 11” pages, in this order:
1.       Title page with the event title, the conference city and state, and the year; one (1) page
2.       Table of contents; pages as needed
3.       The technical attributes of the design; pages as needed
4.       A description and identification of parts; pages as needed
5.       Modifications made to the model and an explanation of why they were made that               corresponds to the flight log; pages as needed
6.       The completed flight log; pages as needed

Fixed-wing multiple wing models (including bi-wing models) may be entered in the HS Flight Endurance competition. The wingspan of all the wings must fit within the existing measurements of a maximum of 50 cm horizontally projected, and a wing chord of 12 cm projected. The projected dimensions are determined as if viewed in the top view of an orthographic projection.

HS Promotional Graphics

Click here to access the required Photo/Film/Video release form for this competition. Updated 2/19/16


HS SciVis

SciVis will continue to allow 2D animation, stop motion animation, and other types of animated graphical representations. Also, all STEM topics are welcome; students need not focus on “microscopic” themes. Updated 11/12/15



HS Structural Design and Engineering

Official Rating Form

1. ATTIRE should be noted as a Construction Regulation on the rating form, not as a Qualification Regulation. Therefore, a deduction of 20% of the failure weight applies for attire non-compliance. 

2. Bonus points: A team that accurately estimates the destructive testing failure weight of its structure - within five (5) pounds, plus or minus - will receive 10 bonus points added to its final score. (The estimate must be noted on the assessment form.)

·    A Pitsco testing device( featured in the Pitsco catalog) will be used to test the structure. The structure will be placed on the horizontal surfaces of the abutment blocks of the tester. The tester rod will pass through the center of the structure and the testing load will be applied from below. 

·   Both the pre-built structure and the onsite-built structure will be evaluated using the official rating form (i.e., the rating form/rubric will be used twice).


HS Webmaster

Rubric, page 387

1)      Semifinalist Interview subtotal should be 50 points

2)     TOTAL score should be 180 points




Please note: For all entries that require documentation materials (comprising a “portfolio”) secured in a clear front report cover, visit this site for a sample report cover. 9/10/15


MS Catapult Design

Please note the clarification that is underlined for Procedure L:
When teams receive their bucket and the fire command is
given, they will have one (1) minute to launch as many hollow
plastic practice golf balls as possible, one at a time, to accumulate as many
points as possible in the net. Each team must cease firing at
one (1) minute. No shots made after time has been called will
count. Updated 9/29/15

Use these links to view a chipping target and plastic golf balls for MS Catapult Design. The target shown in the link will replace the one pictured in Procedure M in the competition guidelines. Added 10/27/15

Adjustment to the first sentence of Procedure M:
The center of the scoring net will be approximately 15' to 25' from the launching area; students should use their tape measure to determine the distance to the center of the target in order to adjust their catapult for accuracy to that distance. Updated 1/19/16

MS Dragster

Page 137, Dragster body 1, bold section for 2016 should read:

For 2016: Rear wheels (visible and accessible on the outside of the
body, while maintaining the minimum body width at the axle hole location)
must be exposed. The wheels cannot be blocked from being removed from
the outside of the body. Front wheel placement is up to the designer. Updated 10/2/15

MS Forensic Technology

Please note the following additional tool that is required in each student forensic tool kit
(Regulation E):
11. duster and dust (for fingerprinting) Updated 12/10/15
12. fingerprint lifting tape (or clear packing tape, but NOT everyday Scotch tape) Updated 1/29/16

The written test scores of individual team members will be averaged and recorded as a
single team score on the rubric. Twelve teams with the highest scores will be selected as
semifinalists for the on-site problem. Recognition awards will be provided for finalist team
placement only. Updated 10/2/15

National TSA conference information

The on-site problem for Forensic Technology at the conference will require participants to:

  • demonstrate 1-2 techniques/procedures for evidence collection using their toolkits
  • write an analysis of the crime scene

Teams will be allowed 20 minutes to review the crime scene and collect items, and 15 minutes for the written analysis. 

Regulation F, third bullet should read: Creation of a proportional drawing that accurately represents the crime scene. (Note The crime scene template in the toolkit may be used to create the drawing, but the drawing does NOT need to be to scale.) 
Updated 3/28/16

MS Structural Engineering

Please note the updated 2016 challenge (9/16/15) under Competitions/Competition Themes & Problems.