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About REC 2023

Registration opens December 3rd
REC 2023 Save the Date

Final Clearance

Announcing our 2023 Event Venue and Presenting Sponsor: Carowinds in North and South Carolina!

Friday April 14th: Welcome at 7pm

Saturday April 15th: Competition 8am to 8pm. Stick around for provided admission to the park!

Stay tuned for details about:

- Block Rates at the Springhill Suites Carowinds

- Shipping option warehouse

- Food costs

- Event attendance form

The Competition

2023 Competition Timeline:

  • December 3, 2022: Official Kickoff

  • January 7, 2023: Registration Ends

  • January 7, 2023: Project Charter Due (1/14 if registered after 1/1)

  • February 11, 2023: Preliminary Design Review Due

  • March 4, 2023: Final Design Review Due

  • April 8, 2023: Systems Engineering Report Due

  • April 15, 2023: 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.

Team Eligibility Requirements
REC 2023 Box ISO
  • Eligible Competitors: Higher education students enrolled Dec. 2022 – Apr. 2023

  • 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.

  • All student members must be actively enrolled in a higher education program during the competition period. Students on internship or study abroad programs may still compete if still enrolled.

  • 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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