The RWDC is TOTALLY FREE to participate in. 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.
Just click the link and fill out the form. You will get an email invitation to Windchill, which is a web-based collaboration environment for all your teams work and information.
2. Download the software
Once your team is registered, you should download the software. Information about the various software packages is available here.
You can download all the software you will need from the Getting Started Applications Page
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 will also be assigned one mentor initially. You should contact this mentor as soon as possible and begin a dialogue with them. As your project progresses, can then pick up to three additional mentors based on their content knowledge.
You will also be assigned one mentor initially. You should contact this mentor as soon as possible and begin a dialogue with them. As your project progresses, can then pick up to three additional mentors based on their content knowledge.
Please be courteous with your mentors. 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 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.
If you need help with anything, we have a number of resources:
- The Teachers Guide—Contains the information you need to participate in the Challenge
- Training Videos—Cover the technical skills you will need to complete the Challenge
- Technical Support
- For installation questions on PTC Mathcad and PTC Creo, users can complete a Support Form
- For Technical questions, users can submit these on the RWDC Community Site
- For registration/general questions, users can contact Anthony 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.