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About REC 2024

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Roller Coasters with a new lift!

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The Competition














2024 Competition Timeline:

  • October 28 2023: Registration Opens and Prompt is Announced

  • December 2 2023: Registration Closes

  • 3 weeks after registration: Initial Project Charter due

  • February 10 2024: Preliminary Design Review

  • March 2 2024: Final Design Review

  • March 2 2024: Event registration due

  • April 7 2024: Final Hand-in

  • April 10 2024: Ride poster and Proof of Life due

  • Sat. April 13 2024: Competition Event

Teams will receive points for three major deliverables:

  1. Systems Engineering Report

  2. Functional Physical Model

  3. Final Presentation & Outreach

The competition culminates in an in-person event in which the built ride model must run continuously for a set period of time. During this time, teams will service their rides whenever needed. Judges will award points based on the implementation of the ride and the team’s service preparedness, and teams will present their engineering process in a presentation.

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Team Eligibility Requirements
  • Eligible Competitors: Higher education students enrolled during the competition season.

  • Team Members: 2+ per team (4-10 recommended)

  • Majors: This is a multidisciplinary competition. Having team members from multiple fields of study, especially Mechanical Engineering AND Electrical/Controls Engineering is strongly advised.

  • Teams must consist of a minimum of two higher education students and one advisor. 

  • The advisor must be faculty or staff of an academic institution that represents at least one of the team members (in case of members from multiple institutions) If you are a student organization, you most likely have an advisor already.

  • The required involvement of the advisor is to be a contact and liaison to the academic institution. Advisors are encouraged to mentor the teams but may not significantly contribute to the design or fabrication of competition entries.

  • Graduate Students and Students on Co-op as part of their degree program may participate.

  • There is no maximum student member limit on a single team.

  • Teams may consist of members from multiple institutions.

  • One institution may have multiple teams.

  • Advisors may advise more than one team.

  • Teams may not not work in direct collaboration with other teams, however all are encouraged to practice “cooperitition” by communicating and assisting the community of teams with specific issues for the improvement of all teams. Teams at the same institution must work independently.

  • For any questions about team formation or conduct, contact the coordinators.

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