DFW 2020 Student Engineering & Creativity Competition & STEM Workshops (SECC)
All students in grades K~12th are welcome!

Event Hosts:
The Chinese Institute of Engineers/USA-DFW Chapter (CIE/USA-DFW), and
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Dallas-Fort Worth Professional Chapter

2020 SECC:
Interested in exploring the basic concepts of Math and Physics through a DIY project and playing a "Catapult Game"? Or a STEM coding project on school calculator to program TI Rover-robot for a prediction race? Or design and 3D-print an object using free-access software "Altair365" to explore the concepts of Math and Physics? Or hear STEM professionals on cool STEM topics? If you are, register to attend DFW 2020 SECC for a tons of STEM experience and fun! Scroll down to see event details.

SECC Program is designed for grades K to 12th to inspire students' interest in STEM through hands-on & creativity projects, recognition, real world challenges, and interaction with industry. This is a STEM event that supports the National Discover-E Engineers Week. SECC consists of three programs: Free hands-on workshops (pre-competition), Competition, and STEM Seminars & Fun.

Eligibility & Divisions:
For SECC Competitions:
        Students currently enrolled in grades K to 12th in fall 2019. Three divisions as listed below.
For STEM Seminars & Free Workshops:
        Students in grades K to 12th and parents are welcome !!
Division-A:
        "Catapult Game" -- Grades K to 5th (elementary-school). See bottom for project details.
Division-B:
        "Rover-robot Prediction Race" -- Grades 6th to 8th (middle-school). See bottom for project details.
Division-C:
        "3D-print Beam" -- Grades 9th to 12th (high-school). See bottom for project details.

SECC Awards:
Competition winners on 3/28/2020 will receive following cash awards.
Division-A (K-5th):   1st place: $150     2nd place: $125     3rd place: $100
Division-B (6-8th):    1st place: $350     2nd place: $300     3rd place: $250
Division-C (9-12th):  1st place: $350     2nd place: $300     3rd place: $250

* The winners of each division will also receive a trophy at the event award ceremony, presented by corporate sponsors. Award recipients will also be recognized at CIE website and eNewsletter, local news media, and showcased in CIE Annual Convention in August.

Registration Fees:
For Workshops on 1:30PM-4:30PM on SUN 12/15/2019 and 1/26/2020: FREE
For Competition on SAT 3/28/2020:
      --- Division-A: $25 per team whose parent is CIE or SHPE member; $35 per team for others
      --- Division-B & C: $30 per team whose parent is CIE or SHPE member; $40 per team for others
      --- Accept both individual and team registration.
      --- Students are encouraged to form a team to learn team work and share responsibility & cost.
For STEM Seminars on SAT 3/28/2020: FREE
      --- STEM education, fun, and projects
      --- Prize drawing : TI Calculator for high-school, TI-Innovator Hub, and more.
To become a CIE member, visit http://www.cie-dfw.org/members/memberinformation.php

Tool Kits and Costs for the competition:
All tool kits here can be found and purchased on-line. Exact tool kits are required for the competition. 2020 SECC's EC (engineering challenge) and CC (creativity challenge) are combined into the project.

Division-A (K-5th): Catapult Game
o  One "Eisco Garage Physics Catapult" (Part #: GP00007), $35~$40.
o  Each team is required to purchase at own expense.
o  Oral presentation IS NOT required at the competition.
o  Project poster is Optional. Describe how they control the Catapult shot and what they learn.
o  Team submitted a poster will receive extra 1.5 points to their final competition score.
     -- Poster: 36” (height) x 48” (width) white tri-fold corrugate project display board.
o  Scroll down to see project details.

Division-B (6-8th): The Rover-robot Prediction Race
o  One TI-Nspire or TI-84CE calculator, $120~$140.
     -- Students can use own school calculator with matched model.
     -- These calculators are commonly used in high-school.
     -- CIE does not reimburse this item.
o  One TI-Innovator Rover, $130~$150.
     -- CIE will reimburse $70 to each team attended the competition (purchase receipts required).
o  One TI-Innovator Hub, $60~$70.
     -- CIE will reimburse $35 to each team attended the competition (purchase receipts required).
     -- Students attended 2019 SECC can reuse the same TI-Innovator Hub.
o  Each team IS required to turn-in a project poster that shows the logic flow chart of how Rover races.
     -- Poster: 36” (height) x 48” (width) white tri-fold corrugate project display board.
o  Oral presentation IS NOT required.
o  Scroll down to see project details.

Division-C (9-12th): 3D-print Beam
o  "Altair365" software to design 3D-print objects.
     -- Contestants will be provided with a FREE student account to access "Altair365" online remotely.
o  Material costs and printing fees at local 3D-print shops, $100~$200.
     -- Total cost depends on number of designs and/or iterations.
     -- CIE will reimburse 50% of the total 3D-print expenses, up to $120, for each team attended the
         competition (purchase receipts required).
o  Each team IS required to submit up to three 3D-print beam designs.
o  Each team IS required to make an oral presentation on how they tackle the challenge.
o  Each team is also required to turn-in a project poster excerpted from their presentation slides.
     -- Poster: 36” (height) x 48” (width) white tri-fold corrugate project display board.
o  Scroll down to see project details.

Important Dates & Registration:
Hands-on & Info Workshop 1:30PM-4:30PM on SUN 12/15/2019: FREE
    o Location:
        - Division-A,B: Plano Haggard Library (program room), 2501 Coit Road, Plano, TX 75075.
                                   1:30PM - 2:30PM (1hr) for Division-A (grades K-5th)
                                   2:30PM - 4:30PM (2hr) for Division-B (grades 6-8th)
        - Division-C:    GoEngineer (2033 Chenault Dr #142, Carrollton, TX 75006).
                                   1:30PM - 4:30PM (3hr) for Division-C (grades 9-12th)
    o FREE admission but advance registration is required. Seats are limited.
    o All students in grades K-12th are welcome!
    o To help students acquainted with 2020 SECC competition projects.
    o Registration is now open. Click here to register Division-A and -B by Dec 13th, 2019.
    o Registration is now open. Click here to register Division-C by Dec 13th, 2019.
    o Competition commitment is NOT required to attend this workshop.
    o If there is demand, we will add more workshops to help students.

Free Hands-on Workshop on 1:30PM-4:30PM on SUN 1/26/2020: FREE
    o Location: To be announced later
    o FREE admission but advance registration is required. Seats are limited.
    o For registered contestants only.
    o To help registered contestants acquainted with the judging critria/rules and ask questions.
    o Registration starts on 1/07 and ends on 1/24/2020.

SECC Competition on SAT 3/28/2020:
    o Location & Time: To be announced later
    o For registered contestants only. Parents and friends are welcome to attend as audience.
    o Registration starts on 12/16 and ends on 3/20/2020.

SECC STEM Seminars on SAT 3/28/2020: FREE
    o Location & Time: To be announced later
    o All students in grades K-12th and parents are welcome!
    o FREE admission but advance registration is required. Seats are limited.
    o Registration starts on 12/16 and ends on 3/20/2020.

About SECC:
The DFW Student Engineering and Creativity Competition & STEM Seminars (SECC) are designed to:
    o Promote and inspire students’ interest in engineering through recognition and real world challenges.
    o Stimulate students’ career interests in engineering through interaction with industry.
    o Encourage students to be creative and confident. Lead students to try new ideas, have different ways of thinking, and problem-solving.
    o Encourage self-expression of ideas in order to boost self-confidence.
    o Acknowledge and celebrate students’ uniqueness and diversity.

Why Participate?
Participation benefits include:
    o Gaining experience solving real world engineering challenges
    o Applying ideas and creativity to real world applications
    o Interactions with industry and CIE’s corporate sponsors
    o Strengthening STEM and innovation skills by problem-solving
    o Networking

Please email questions to cie-secc@cie-dfw.org
For 2019 SECC activity photos, please visit http://cie-dfw.org/events/2019/SECC/index.html

Project Details: Catapult Game (Division-A: K-5th)

Challenges:
Students are challenged to explore the basic concepts of force, acceleration, parabolic trajectory, center of mass, Hooke's law, vector components, and class 2 levers while enjoying a lot of fun. This hands-on activity also aids in the conceptualization of abstract mathematical ideas. This challenge uses a DIY kit which is simple and quick to assemble, and includes adjustable parts to experiment with different initial conditions. Instructions included with the kit detail learning exercises and routes of further exploration.

Resources:
Students are encouraged to search for resources on-line. Here are some URL links for reference.
Catapult Physics
Catapult Wikipedia
Youtube Video1
Youtube Video2

2020 SECC Catapult Tool Kits 2020 SECC Catapult Tool Kits: Click to download this photo

2020 SECC Catapult Tournament Type 2020 SECC Catapult Tournament Type: Click to download this photo

2020 SECC Catapult Tournament Rule 2020 SECC Catapult Tournament Rule: Click to download this photo

Project Details: Rover-robot Prediction Race (Division-B: 6-8th)

2020 SECC Rover-robot Challenges 2020 SECC Rover-robot Challenges: Click to download this photo

Tournament Rules:
o  Each team is required to turn-in a poster that shows the logic flow chart of how Rover races.
o  Each team gets a maximum of 3 chances till successfully finishing the race.
o  Rovers should run the whole race by itself except for the green line portion.

Designs will be judged based on the following guidelines and order of importance:
1. Team that finishes the race with a time as close as the target.
2. Team that finishes the race.
3. Program and execution robustness (minimum # of trial till success).
4. Code efficiency.

Resources:
Students are encouraged to search for resources on-line. Here are some URL links for reference.
TI-Innovator Rover
Youtube Video

Project Details: 3D-print Beam (Division-C: 9-12th)

2020 SECC 3D-print Beam Challenges 2020 SECC 3D-print Beam Challenges: Click to download this photo

Tournament Rules:
o  Each individual or team shall submit up to 3 copies of the 3D-print beam design at the competition.
o  Each team is required to make an oral presentation on how they tackle the challenges.
o  Each team is also required to turn-in a project poster with their presentation slides (selected).
o  Beams will be weigh and averaged for final design weight.
o  Beams will be mounted on the base and loaded gradually with weight until mechanical failure is observed. Failure load will calculated by the average weight applied to each beam.
o  Designs must be 3D-printed with ABS or PLA plastic.
o  No post treatment of the 3D-printed parts are allowed other than clean up from the build process.

Designs will be judged based on the following guidelines and order of importance:
1. Performance: Teams will be awarded a score from 1 to 10 based on their weight performance. The best performing part will be taken into account.
2. Weight: A score from 1 to 10 will be awarded based on the average weight of the beam design relative to other team’s entries.
3. Innovation: A score from 1 to 10 will be awarded based on overall design creativity (oral presentation).
The winners of the challenge will be determined by the team that is awarded the most points.

Resources:
Students are encouraged to search for resources on-line. Here are some URL links for reference.
Altair365 Blog
Altair365
What is 3D printing?
Youtube Video1
Youtube Video2

Altair365 software Altair365 sofwtware: Click to download this photo

About CIE/USA-DFW

The Chinese Institute of Engineers (CIE) was founded in 1917 in New York by a group of Chinese engineers who graduated from American universities and served in various industries in the United States. CIE’s mission is to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) awareness all over the United States. The DFW Chapter was established in January 1989 and registered in the state of Texas as a non-profit organization in 1992. Over the years, the DFW chapter has established close ties with major corporations and government bodies around the world. Leaders from these sponsoring organizations are featured in the chapter’s annual convention by sharing their experiences and insights in business and technology. For more information, visit http://www.cie-dfw.org.