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Rules & Rubric


  • Students must submit a reference page citing at least 3 sources of information with the essay.  (NOTE: Wikipedia cannot be cited as a reference.)

  • The Research Essay has a maximum word count of 1000 words. Word count does not include the title and reference list, but does include captions of graphics and illustrations.  A maximum of 4 graphics/illustrations are allowed.

Competition Scoring

Teams can earn up to 60 points for their Research Essay. Make sure students have thoroughly covered the five categories to maximize points.


  • 6 points

    Define the Problem

  • 15 points

    Specs and Solution

  • 6 points

    Understand Engineering Roles

  • 15 points

    Judge Assessment of Solution

  • 18 points

    Writing Skills

  • 60 total points

Scoring Deductions

5-10 points

Late submissions may be accepted with a penalty. Check with your Regional Coordinator before the deadline to find out if this is an option in your region.

10 points

Be sure to check your word count and do not exceed 1,000 words.