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Annual Theme

Focused on a new theme each year, original academic and innovative concepts are developed for TEAMS based on the National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenges. Tackling these challenges requires critical job-readiness skills such as collaboration, analytical thinking, and multi-dimensional problem-solving. The 2022 TEAMS theme is “Engineering in Entertainment.”

Scenario Topics

The following scenario topics will be featured in the multiple choice portion of the 2022 competition:

  1. UAV Deliveries: As drone deliveries move from rare and unusual to commonplace, engineers will be called upon to design safe, fast, and effective drones.  This includes navigation systems, battery technology, safety features, and delivery systems. Engineers will also need to consider ethical use of drones, and the effects of introducing drone delivery on society. 


  2. Interaction Design in Video Games: Engineers involved in video game and platform development employ interaction design techniques and models to make gameplay experiences fulfilling, visceral, and ergonomic.  Interaction design (often abbreviated as IxD) is the design of interactive products to support human communication, work, and interaction, enhancing and augmenting these activities.  IxD draws from many disciplines including psychology, cognition, human-computer interaction, industrial design, information systems, and computer science.  Multidisciplinary teams are often involved in the IxD process because of the applicability of a breadth of knowledge and perspective that one engineer alone may not have.  Industrial engineering particularly focuses upon ergonomics and human factors engineering as sub-specialties of its field, closely tying it to IxD.  The involvement of other disciplines such as software engineering, computer engineering, and electrical engineering are often relevant to IxD processes as well, since the forms of interaction will require the actual function of products to follow closely.interactive design
  3. Engineering Support for Safe and Maximum Amusement at a Theme Park: Engineers can play critical roles in helping to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for guests at the theme park. First, they help in the design and operations of safe park attractions such as the Roller coaster, Scrambler, Matterhorn, Tilt-a-Whirl, Bumper cars, Ferris wheels, Carousels, Swings, Drop towers, Shot towers, and Pendulum rides. Engineers apply their knowledge of engineering and physics to ensure that each attraction can safely carry the load (weight) of the guests. They design circular moving rides so that there is sufficient centripetal force to maintain circular motion without the carriage flying off with the guests. They apply industrial engineering principles in designing each attraction station to minimize the time guests have to spend waiting in queues for a ride. They also design safety protocols and maintenance plans to ensure the safe operations of these rides. In addition, they apply the principles of engineering economics to estimate the cost and revenue from installing and operating each attraction to ensure a profitable operation from the investment in purchasing the attraction.park-ride
  4. Interactive Musical Displays, The Walking Piano: Electrical and software engineers can help implement these systems using their knowledge of circuit design and programming. In fact, by combining efforts with humanities, more intricate displays with artistic features can be created. In this scenario, we’ll be focusing on the mechanics of how to get a walking piano functioning. Accordingly, your team will be drawing from circuits principles and signal processing to create a basic walking piano.piano
  5. Microcontrollers and Their Application in Entertainment: Electrical and computer engineers (ECE) can help develop a system schematic laying out appropriate electrical components and their wiring connections based on their design. Software engineers can assist ECE to write programs to control the main tasks executing by the microcontroller to meet the system performance criteria such as speed and accuracy. Your team will learn about the main required electrical components to interface with MCU and how to program it efficiently to build a stop watch timer. You will further get an engineering judgement to evaluate the speed resolution and accuracy of your developed stop watch timer. microcontroller

One-page overviews of each of the scenario topics with web links are available in the coach online account, once the coach has completed TEAMS registration.