To participate the RWDC just follow the instructions below
Registration is easy. Teachers register the whole team of 3-7 high school students. And you have to register for this year’s Challenge even if you have participated in the past.
Take a look at the RWDC Getting Started Page. Throughout the RWDC virtually everything you need will be available on the Getting Started Page.
2. Download the software
Once your team is registered, you should download the software. Information about the various software packages is available here.
Now that you have the software, it is time for teachers to a basic training in the various software packages that the RWDC provides you with.
When you get started, you should contact your state coordinator. This person is a resource about the RWDC in your state. You can find them by going to the States page and selecting your state. You should also contact a mentor as soon as possible and begin a dialogue with them. Mentors are listed on the getting started page based on their content knowledge.
You should contact this mentor as soon as possible and begin a dialogue with them. Please be courteous with your mentors. You may also contact anyone you know personally that you would like to be a mentor. If you decide that you no longer need a specific mentor, please let them know so that they can help other teams.
5. Solve the problem
Once you have the software and know how to use it, you’re ready to tackle The Challenge.
Once you have completed the Challenge, you submit by sending it to your state coordinator. You will compete with all of the other teams in your state. If you come out as the state champions, you win the opportunity to compete in the national finals in Washington, DC and the chance to win $50,000 scholarships to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. You will receive an additional Challenge that builds on the state challenge, which you will present in Washington in April.
If you come out as the state champions, you win an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC to compete in the national finals. You will receive an additional Challenge that builds on the state challenge, which you will present in Washington in November.
7. HelpIf you need help with anything, we have a number of resources:
- The Teachers Guide—Contains the information you need to participate in the Challenge
- Technical Support
- For installation and technical questions about software questions on PTC Mathcad and PTC Creo, users can complete a Support Form
- For Technical questions about software, users can submit these on the RWDC Community Site
- For registration/general questions, users can contact Jeffrey Coppola
- Mentors—Mentors provide content support to teams. They are not responsible for technical support.
- State Coordinators—Every participating state has a State Coordinator who serves as an intellectual resources for the Challenge. Find yours by going to the states page, finding your state and going to your specific state’s page. Your coordinator’s contact information will be on the state page.