Society of Women Engineers

SWENext Overly Complicated Contraption Challenge

title SWENext Overly Complicated Contraption Challenge -

Challenge

Build a 5-15 step Overly Complicated Contraption that completes at least one of the following tasks:

  1. Shut a door
  2. Turn on and/or off a light
  3. Water a plant

You only have to complete one task to be considered, but you can submit a video for each task, if you’d like!

What is an Overly Complicated Contraption?
It’s a machine intentionally designed to perform a simple task in an overly complicated way.

Submission Requirements

You must be a SWENext member to participate in this challenge.

Joining SWENext is simple and FREE for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. Learn more about SWENext and its benefits. Click here to sign up for SWENext!

Age Requirements

The challenge is open to students in Kindergarten through 12th grade.

We will separate the submissions into the following age brackets when reviewing and selecting winners:

  1. Kindergarten through 5th grade
  2. 6th grade through 8th grade
  3. 9th grade through 12th grade

Complete one of the tasks in 5-15 steps

Your working machine must complete one of the tasks in 5-15 steps to be considered.

How to Submit

Film a non-edited working run of your machine, and upload in one of two ways:

  • Upload your final video to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
    • Tag @SWENext using #SWENextContraptionChallenge
  • Upload your final video to YouTube, and email the link to outreach@swe.org using the subject line SWENEXT CONTRAPTION CHALLENGE SUBMISSION

You may also submit a blooper video for additional prizes! Be sure to tag @SWENext using #SWENextContraptionBlooper.

Submission Deadline

We will be accepting submissions from June 8 through July 10, 2020.

Prizes

One (1) winning contraption in each age bracket will be selected, notified and announced mid to late-July 2020. We will also select a winning blooper video at this time.

BEST CONTRAPTION:
$50 Visa Gift Card and the Constance & Nano Engineering Adventure Comic Book Series

BEST CONTRAPTION BLOOPER:
$25 Visa Gift Card and the Constance & Nano Engineering Adventure Comic Book Series