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Participation and Registration
Competitions & Experiences
Who can participate?
Any student enrolled in 3rd, 4th or 5th grade that lives in the University of Montevallo In-Service region.
What is the cost of participating?
There is no cost to participate in E3.
How do I register?
When does registration close?
Registration will close when the maximum number of teams is reached or October 31, 2019. Late registrants may not be afforded an option to choose which competition their team(s) will compete in.
We will send out a 2nd part to registration on September 23, 2019. Part 2 will need to be completed by Oct. 31st.
Is there a waiting list?
How many teams can I register for my school?
The number of teams a school can register is based on the following formula:
0-100 third, fourth and fifth graders.............1 team
101-200 third, fourth and fifth graders.........2 teams
201-300 third, fourth and fifth grader...........3 teams
301-400 third, fourth and fifth graders.........4 teams
401-500 third, fourth and fifth graders.........5 teams
Over 500 third, fourth and fifth graders........6 teams
***Total student populations in 3rd-5th grade are only used to determine the number of teams allowed, but schools MAY choose how to field their teams.
A TEAM must have 3 members and may have no more than 5 members
Can teams be mixed grade levels?
Yes. Teams may be mixed grade levels, but they may also be single grade teams.
Who can be a team captain?
Any certified educator at your school can serve as a team captain (i.e. classroom teacher, art, music, special ed., enrichment/gifted ed., principal, etc.)
*NOTE: The team captain does NOT have to teach 3rd, 4th or 5th grade.
What is the role of the team captain?
Team captains are responsible for preparing their students for the science and engineering competitions. This includes hosting work sessions for students to develop the necessary collaborative and problem-solving skills required for a successful E³ experience. The team captain is a facilitator and should empower the students to access and utilize the knowledge that is required for the team’s particular engineering challenge.
Is my team registered?
If you’ve completed the online registration in its entirety, then you are all set. We will notify all team captains after the initial registration closes to confirm registration and we may request more information about your team at that time. If you have not received confirmation by October 31, 2019 please contact us here.
Can parents/guardians/etc. attend E³?
No. Due to the increase in participants, added challenges, and limited space, this year's competition is limited to participants and team chaperones only.
When is E³?
The Sixth Annual E³ event will take place on Thursday, February 20, 2020 and Friday, February 21, 2020. Schools will be notified of the day their team(s) will participate.
Is there an alternate date in case of inclement weather?
No. There is no plan to have an alternate date, but we will send out information via Twitter, Facebook in the event that inclement weather requires the cancellation of E³.
Attire and Food
How should I dress for E³?
Please follow your school’s dress code. E³ is in February so plan accordingly.
Are E³ t-shirts available for sale?
We are waiting to see if a sponsor will pick up the cost of t-shirts for the 2020 event.
Are snacks and/or lunches provided?
NO. Due to time constraints and scheduling conflicts, we have asked that all students bring their own lunches. This will save time and allow students ample time to eat.
What is expected of students During the Challenges?
Students will work in teams of 3-5 to design, construct and test a previously assigned engineering task, without ANY outside assistance. A set of materials, instructions and rubric will be provided the day of E³, but not before.
*This is important to the nature of the challenge and accessing the students’ ability to apply their knowledge in new situations.
What Are the Challenges for 2020?
E³ Summer Games Competitions for 2020 are:
3) Floor Performance (Ozobot)
4) EggStreme High Dive --All teams will have the opportunity to participate in the 2020 Egg Drop Challenge. Click here for more info.
How do I prepare a team for the 2020 Challenges?
We suggest starting at our resource page for helpful hints and more information. Team captains should host work sessions for students to develop the necessary collaborative and problem-solving skills required for a successful E³ experience. As the facilitator, your role is to empower the students to access and utilize the knowledge that is required for the team’s particular engineering competition.
How will Challenges be judged?
Each engineering challenge will be judged by a panel of experts who will score teams based on a specific rubric that will be distributed to teams at the competition site.
Are there awards and/or certificates for participants?
Yes. Certificates are available for all participants and awards will be given to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers.
How long are the challenges?
The planning and build time for each challenge will last approximately 45 minutes, with an additional 15 minutes for students to present/test their design
Where are the challenges held?
Engineering challenges are held in the gymnasium, auditorium, and assigned classrooms. A detailed schedule will be provided to teams in their registration packet when they arrive on campus the day of E³.
Travel and Parking
How do I get to Shelby County Instructional Support Center?
Are SCISC facility maps available?
We will provide a facility map at a later date.
WHERE DO I PARK MY PERSONAL VEHICLE?
Limited parking will be available. Please try to car pool when possible.
WHERE WILL BUSES UNLOAD AND PARK?
Buses will drop off at a designated area in front of SCISC and will park in a nearby shopping center during the competition.
Are medical services available in case of an emergency?
No, however, Shelby Baptist Medical Center is 1 mile away.
What is required for students with identified medical issues?
The team coach of the student(s) is responsible for attending to the medical needs the student(s). Any special medication, inhaler, monitor and the like should be coordinated by the school nurse and the team coach prior to attending E³.
What content standards are addressed at E³?