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About TSGC

ABOUT THE DESIGN CHALLENGE

Getting Started

DESIGN TEAMS

TEAM NOTEBOOK

DESIGN TOPICS

TIMELINE

 

 

 

PROGRAM CONTACTS

Dr. Tim Urban
designchallenge@tsgc.utexas.edu

voice: 512-471-0967
fax: 512-471-3585

3925 West Braker Lane, Suite 200
Austin, Texas 78759

toll-free switchboard:
1-800-248-8752

 

Talia Jurgens
designchallenge@tsgc.utexas.edu

voice: 512-471-8271
fax: 512-471-3585

3925 West Braker Lane, Suite 200
Austin, Texas 78759

toll-free switchboard:
1-800-248-8752

 

 

ABOUT THE DESIGN CHALLENGE

WHAT IS THE TSGC DESIGN CHALLENGE?

  1. View the current semester's OPEN topic list and share it with potential teammates.
  2. Check to make sure both the institution and prospective team members meet the basic criteria for participation.
  3. Form a team: Choose a group or 3-6 students that agree on 1st and 2nd choice topics, and find a faculty advisor to support the group (either through class credit or independent study.)
  4. Review the Team Notebook to review the timeline and funding avenues, and to see if the team is up to the task.
  5. Collect participant information and submit the Design Brief application including a 1-page c.v. for each new student team member.
FALL 2016 MILESTONE TEAM EARNING DELIVERABLES
Early Sept 2
Final Sept 9
Design Brief
(Application)
$0 Application and c.v.
Sept 23 Level 1 (Proposal) $100 Report, team & individual photos, and patch
Oct 21 Level 2 (Midterm) $300 Report and team profile page
Showcase Nov 13
Report Dec 2
Level 3 (Final) $900 Showcase participation and Final report
Any time Option Area - Outreach $200 Report and photos

Apply early! Topic selections and team acceptance will begin on Friday, September 2. (Returning teams, this is your deadline for guaranteed renewal). We anticipate at least half of the available team spots will be filled by that date.

Final deadline for applications is September 9, 2016.

Topic allocation and team acceptance is subject to available programmatic and funding levels. TSGC strives to maximize student/team/school participation in Design Challenge and reserves the right to change the programmatic and funding levels each semester to maximize program impact.


WHAT IS THE TSGC DESIGN CHALLENGE?

CRITERIA FOR INSTITUTIONS Sponsoring Student Design Teams:

  • Texas institution of higher learning.
  • Current TSGC member, in good standing.
  • Course credit awarded to all student team members for satisfactory participation or faculty-advised independent study team.
  • Maximum two teams, per institution, per semester. Additional teams from the same institution may participate if design projects are distinct and team spots are open.
  • Maximum award amount earned per institution per semester is based upon team completion of Levels and Option Areas.
  • Funds received from TSGC must be used in accordance with TSGC Design Challenge standards discussed in Money I, Money II, Money III pages of the Design Challenge Notebook.

CRITERIA FOR TEAMS and Participating Student Members:

  • Team formed out of an organized design course, or independent study.
  • Recommended team size is 4 students. Minimum is 3, maximum is 6.
  • All primary team members must be currently enrolled undergraduate students.
  • All undergraduate educational levels are permitted [freshman, sophomore, junior, senior]. Some topics list a recommended level for participation. This is a guideline. Contact the NASA mentor if you have questions.
  • Team members recruited for the purpose of collaboration may be a member of the community, any level of student from the same or another institution [including graduate level], a public school teacher, etc.
  • Participation restricted to U.S. Citizens for certain topics. See the list.
  • Team earnings must be used in accordance with TSGC Design Challenge standards discussed in Money I, Money II, Money III pages of the Design Challenge Notebook.