The SECME National Student Engineering Design Competition Finals

and Celebration of Student Success 
(June 21-24)

This “invitation only” opportunity to compete for SECME National Championship titles is offered to Engineering Design: Mousetrap Car middle and high school teams from their respective Region/District/State Competitions. Additionally, a VEX Robotics exhibition/competition is offered to interested middle and high school teams as part of the SECME National Student Engineering Design Competition event. Student teams, their chaperones, and the SECME ExxonMobil Overall Scholar are hosted for several days by The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, College of Engineering. The UA College of Engineering will provide on-campus housing, college-life experiences, workshops and much more during the National Student Competition events and Celebration of Success Awards Ceremony.
 
Who should attend? The SECME Regional/District/State Competition hosts notify the SECME National Office (via certification) of eligible school teams who are then invited to attend. The winning middle and high school Mousetrap Car teams, all VEX Robotics teams, the SECME ExxonMobil Overall Scholar, and their respective chaperones wishing to participate have a closed-invitation process.  School Coordinators will receive an invitation to register their student team/s.  If you have received your invitation, Click the “Register” button (at the top or bottom) to register student team/s.
Please see the FAQs below for help with the most common questions and concerns. For additional information, please contact the SECME National Office:  secme@coe.gatech.edu.

STUDENT COMPETITION EVENTS-AT-A-GLANCE

SECME ENGINEERING DESIGN NATIONAL STUDENT COMPETITION FINALS

DRAFT SCHEDULE AT-A-GLANCE: JUNE 21-24

The University of Alabama

Wednesday, June 21

Thursday, June 22

Friday, June 23

Saturday, June 24

Student Check-In Day

Student Competition Day

Student E-Day

Students Depart 

 10:00-4:00

7:00-8:00 Breakfast

7:00-8:00 Breakfast

No activities

Students Arrive &

COMPETITION PART III:

 COMPETITION PART V:

Check-In @ Dorm

8:30-11:30

8:30-12:00

[Box Lunches Provided]

Student Team Interviews

Engineering Day

 

 Lunch

Engineering Sessions &

COMPETITION PART I:

 COMPETITION PART IV:

Admissions Session w/

10:00-4:00

1:00 Opening Ceremony Student Parade of Banners

1st  Yr Experience Panel

Vehicle Check-In and

1:30-6:00 Student Competitions

Lunch

Technical Drawing

 

 1:00-3:30

Turn-in

Dinner

Activities with UA

And University Tours

 

 

 Dinner

Evening Activities

COMPETITION PART VI:

 COMPETITION PART II:

 

4:00-5:00

6:30-7:30

 

Celebration of Student Success Awards Ceremony

Welcome

 

 

 

 

5:30 BBQ Dinner & Fun

8:00-10:00

 

 

Optional Practice

 

 

 

 

 

Question & Answers

1. Do we need to bring our school or SECME banner?
YES. Competing teams have been asked to bring their school or SECME Banner to the National Competition Finals to participate in the “Parade of Banners” during the National Competition Finals.

2. We are the 1st place winning team from our State/Regional Competition. Do we send in our Technical Drawing and Report prior to attending National Competition Finals?
YES, send in your Technical Report Only, as outlined in the competition guidelines.
(DO NOT send in your Technical Drawling as they will be evaluated when you arrive on campus).

3. Our team won our State/Regional Competition. One of the team members is unable to attend National Competition Finals. Can we replace him/her?
YES. A student team member can be replaced with another SECME student that participated on the project. The replacement student will be required to participate in all competition requirements, as outlined in the guidelines.

4. Our team won our State/Regional Competition. One of the team members is unable to attend National Competition Finals. Can we send a two-member team?
NO. We understand that occasionally, due to circumstances beyond a student’s control, a team member will not be able to participate in the SECME National Student Competition Finals. The SECME National Competition Guidelines clearly state that this is a three-member team event. Therefore, it is our recommendation that you substitute an alternate student and exhaust all avenues to secure a replacement student.

5. We have purchased airline tickets for our team members and chaperone. We have just been notified that one of our team members has had a family emergency and will be unable to attend. We now have a two-member team, what are our options?
Your options are to

  • Make a substitution with an alternate student
  • Exhaust ALL other avenues to secure a replacement/alternate student
  • Bring the two-member team and "participate"
    • PLEASE NOTE: If you have already purchased tickets, can’t find an alternate and have to bring your two-member team, they will be able to participate but WILL NOT be able to place in their event.

6. Can parents/family members attend the National Student Competition Finals?
YES. Parents and family members are always encouraged to attend SECME events. Transportation, meals and lodging will need to be secured by the individual family. The Host University is only responsible for meals and lodging for the three (3) student team members and the authorized chaperone(s). Additionally, the Host University does not traditionally house family members.

7. I am a parent/family member attending the National Student Competition Finals; can my child leave and have dinner with us?
Yes; But you MUST arrange all “non-competition” activities with the legally authorized chaperone
for your child. 

8. How will we get from the airport to UA's campus?  Will SECME/UA will provide transportation from/to the airport?
There will be a shuttle to provide transportation to and from the airport? The cost is $45 per team.

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