The only physical hands-on Engineering Competition in the Attractions Industry!
Gain skills in:
Electrical Control Systems Design
Risk Assessment and Mitigation
Engineering Standards Familiarity and Application
The Ride Engineering Competition, hosted by Iowa State University, offers students a chance to demonstrate real-world engineering practices within the industry focus of ride engineering and design. Student teams will have 6 months to design, plan, and manufacture an attraction for 1:50 scale riders based on a prompt that includes a plot of land and desired rider experience.
Teams will receive points for three major deliverables:
a Systems Engineering Report that details the engineering decisions and actions throughout the project,
a Functional Physical Model of the attraction,
and a team score for Final Presentation and Outreach.
Teams may also receive large point deductions for the relative cost of their ride compared to their competition.
The Competition culminates in a 1 1/2-day Virtual event featuring an 8-hour window in which all Ride Models must run continuously. During this time Teams will Service their rides whenever needed. Judges will award points based on the implementation of the ride and the team’s service preparedness, and teams will present their Ride and Engineering Process in a presentation.
2021 Competition Timeline
|Pre-Registration Opens||September 4th, 2020|
|Official Kickoff, Prompt Announcement, Distribution of Rules and Resources||October 23rd, 2020|
|Registration Closes||December 4th, 2020|
|Competition Event Details release||February 8th, 2021|
|Systems Engineering Report Due||April 9th 2021|
|Competition Event||April 16th – 17th 2021|
Our 2021 Teams:
TPEG OSU, The Ohio State University
Coaster Cats, TEA@UC, University of Cincinnati
RIT Theme Park Enthusiasts, Rochester Institute of Technology
Hokies, Theme Park Engineering and Design, Virginia Tech
UB TPEC, University of Buffalo
Reiter Riders, University of Michigan, Purdue
UNL Theme Park Design Group, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
TEA@ND, University of Notre Dame
CAPED, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Steel Dreams, TEA at UCSD, University of California, San Diego
2021 Grand Prizes
DAM CYFLY CONSULTING, LLC.
Engineer, Manufacture, and Operate your Ride Model!
1st Place – $1000
2nd Place – $750
3rd Place – $500
Engineer a Ride model!
for teams that cannot meet safely