See descriptions of past and present design competitions below. Some of the original testing parameters and positions on the day’s schedule may have changed to improve the quality of the competitions. Listed devices are constructed prior to the day of the competition. Only the Impromptu competition involves construction on the day of the event.

If anyone wishes to use these competition parameters for a local contest in your own school, feel free to do so.  You may need to devise your own testing methods.

First of the day:

simple materials and testing procedure

Not used after 2021:
Second of the day:

constructed on site

Third of the day:

motorized with complicated motions or unusual applications 

College of Saint Benedict
Saint John’s University

Jim Crumley
Chair, Physics Department
SJU PEngl 107
Physics Department