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Real World Design Challenge Getting Started Page

What should my team do to get started?

Step 1: Register:

Click the link below and fill out the form. Teams can be between 3-7 students and must have a coach. A coach can register more than one team. Students are NOT allowed to participate on more than one team.

Step 2: Get some CAD Software

Aspects of the challenge may require you to use some form of CAD (computer aided design) software. You are free to use whatever kind you would like to complete the challenge. Feel free to find the type that works best for you. One possible option is below.

Creo 8.0

Fill out the form located at the following link and then click download.

If you have any issues Request Technical Support and you will receive a response on how to deal with your individual issue

Step 3: Read the Coaches Guide and Challenge statement.

The easiest way to get your team prepared for this challenge is to review the RWDC Coaches Handbook. The handbook will outline the details for this challenge and what your team is expected to complete.

Step 4: Get a Mentor.

The success of a team to solve the given challenge usually requires the help from a mentor. Mentors help teams in an area that they have no expertise. Please review the list and contact a mentor as soon as possible.

Step 5: Learn the Software.

Below are links to tutorials to learn Creo. There is also a link to put in a request for technical support. If you have a licensing or other issue with the software please submit a request for technical support. After your request you should receive a detailed message on how to fix your issue. There will also be some webinars scheduled to teach how to use the software.

Step 6: Review additional materials about challenge subjects


Here are some recordings of the webinars done for this years challenge. More webinars will be added throughout the year. Below are recordings of webinars going over this years challenge.

QA session:

Aviation/ aeronautic design:

Business December

QA session January

RWDC Module 1 - Overview of UAS
RWDC Module 2 - Engineering Design and Aero Perf Factors
RWDC Module 3 -

Other RWDC Challenge Resources