Teacher Information

Dear Teachers,

We are excited you are considering having your students participate in the 2018 Tulsa Engineering Challenge (TECh) on Friday, March 2nd at Tulsa Tech Riverside Campus.  It is a fun hands-on event for grades 4 – 12.  There are 11 events that require pre-preparation. Pre-registration can be done on the tulsaengineer.org web site.   There are an additional three (3) events that are “walk-in” – your students can decide that day to participate.  Registration opens at 8:30 AM on March 3rd.  The competitions will conclude around 12:30 pm.  Teachers are invited to a walk-thru on Thursday evening, March 1st between 5:00 PM and 6:30 PM. Pizza will be served.  It will be in Hanger A.  Tulsa Tech Riverside Campus is located at 801 East 91st Street, Jenks, OK

Typically teachers register teams for one event to several.  They select events that compliment their curriculum and ones that they think their students would have fun doing. Several teachers give their students options and encourage the student to work on their own outside of class. Others do it as part of their class and have run-offs prior to TECH.  Bus transportation reimbursement is available from the American Society of Civil Engineers – Oklahoma Chapter.  Go to http://okasce.org/home/scholarships-and-sponsorships/  Fill in the on-line form under Sponsorship.

Some teachers register for no events and bring their students to observe.  In addition to watching the judging of the events, they participate in the walk-up activities and visit the exhibitors.

Exhibitors in the past have varied from colleges that offer engineering degrees to schools that offer welding training as well as companies that design, create and build.  We also have FIRST Robotics and Lego League displays.

New in 2017, TECh is partnering with the Tulsa Children’s Museum Discover Lab to provide Classroom visits for 7 competitions, Weekend Workshops for teams for 4 competitions and Tuesday Drop-ins for any team. Grants are available for the Class Workshops

Click here for Rules for all the events

Deadline for registration of # of teams is Feb. 16, 2018.  A major change for 2018 is that pre-registered events are limited to four (4) entries per division per school except for the Wacky Wonder Works which is limited to two (2) entries per division per school.  It is recommended that the bigger participation schools stage run-off competitions on their home campus to select the “varsity teams” to compete at TECh if they have more than the four potential entries.

The events that require pre-registration are:

Walk-in events are:

Activities students can observe while wandering around:

  • Chemistry / Physics Show hosted by the Society of Women Engineers
  • Exhibitor tables

Below is a table of the # of teams that you can register. Divisions are as follows:Lower Division is Grades 4th – 6th; Middle Division is Grades 7th – 8th; and Upper Division is Grades 9th – 12th. Please note the change in team entries for the competitions.  They are now limited to four teams accept the Wacky Wonder Works which is limited for two teams. Schools are encouraged to have run-offs before the day of the event.

We ask that one teacher at your school site register all the classes that participate in one division.   Prizes are given to the students (1st, 2nd and 3rd place) as well as to the teacher’s classroom. Prizes are $50, $40 and $25 for the Paper Airplanes,  Academic Olympiad, Electric Motor and Extreme Engineering Competitions; $20 per hour for the Mini-Math and Aluminum Boat; and $100, $75 and $50 for the remaining competitions.

INDIVIDUAL OR TEAM EVENTS:

Event Limited to:
Chemical Switch Four entries per Middle & Upper division per school; individual or team
Digital Poster Four entries per division per school; individual or team of 2 to 4 students
Electric Motor Four entries per division per school, individual or team of 2 to 4 students
Extreme Engineering Challenge Four entries per division per school; individual or team of 2 students
Paper Airplane – Distance Four entries per division per school; individual or team of 2 students
Paper Airplane – Duration Four entries per division per school; individual or team of 2 students
Ping-Pong Ball Launcher Four entries per division per school; individual or team of 2 students
Robot Four entries per division per school; individual or team of 2 to 4 students
Rubber Band Powered Vehicle Four entries per division per school; individual or team of 2 to 4 students
Toothpick Bridge Building Four entries per division per school; individual or team of 2 to 4 students
Wacky Wonder Works Two entries per division per school; no limit to team members
WALK-IN REGISTRATION
Academic Olympiad No limit on entries; individual
Aluminum Boats No limit on entries; individual
Mini-Math No limit on entries; individual

TECh is intended to help you give a fun exciting experience to your students that demonstrate that engineering is creative, collaborative, flexible and lucrative.

Please contact Jennifer Bulter with any questions you have at  tulsatechchallenge@gmail.com or call 918-381-6825.