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Engineering challenges are normally contested as team events and can take several different formats. Typically contestants are set an engineering task or problem to solve. Completion of task normally has a time or financial spend restriction.
Engineering challenges can be undertaken either indoors or outside. Design, development and construction, normally inside. While testing and demonstration can be either, depending on the size and the nature of the task.
This activity is at one level or another suitable for all ages, from quite small children upwards.
Some competitions are age restricting (school or college students only) while others stipulate, teams must include a spread of age and mix of sexes.
Engineering challenges are equally open to male and female, embracing both the skills of the academic and the practical.
Ideally teams should include a spread of the talents thought to be necessary to best solve the challenge.
Engineering challenge must be one of the most diverse and wide ranging subjects there is. Ranging from the Novel fun challenge (Bird man Flying Machine) to ones employing the highest scientific brains ( Minimum Fuel challenges).
Challenges might be;
Building something to launch an object the greatest distance.
Building a bridge using a specified material.
Building a communication device.
Building an aircraft that will fly using human power only.
Design a home with no carbon footprint.
If there is a practical problem or conundrum, an engineering challenge can be set to solve it.
* Some engineering challenges have substantial financial prizes.
* Reported successes improve a persons employment prospects.
* A completed successful problem solved can create far reaching and unexpected benefits and uses.
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Level of Demand
The table below shows the maximum levels of demand that this activity requires. NOTE: These are not entry levels or levels of requirement and has nothing to do with ability.
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