2016 Solar Scrimmage Winners:
Glendale Community College and South Mountain Community College
The Bright Engineers
Solar Scrimmage – In a competition that addresses one of today’s most important environmental issues, students will be challenged to design, build, test and present the best overall solar-powered “green energy” water pumping system.
Design, build, test and present the best overall solar-powered "green energy" water pumping system. Teams will compete by assembling a solar-powered water pumping and distribution system.
Think clean - think green - think solar energy and water!
Maximum number of teams: 6
Students per team: 2 to 4
Faculty sponsor required
On Game Day - April 2, 2016, each team will be provided with a kit containing the parts necessary to build the finished product. Each team shall:
- Assemble the water pump with the objective of meeting or exceeding the design specifications
- Test the finished product
- Prepare an oral product presentation to the judges.
- And finally, demonstrate the project on game day for evaluation and judging
Each team shall determine the objective features, characteristics and selling points for their unique implementation. However, teams are judged on a base statement of functional objectives that are included with the documentation provided in advance of game day, the quality of the presentation and the functional demonstration and measurement of the finished system's performance by the judges.
Based on the creativity, experience/knowledge and the water pumping system's intended design and functionality, each team then builds, on game day, its solar-powered water pumping system. Although the teams are free to add other included components or augment the design in any creative or useful manner, the entry must be built into the water pumping system using only the provided materials.
Disciplines / Skills Recommended:
- Electrical and/or mechanical engineering
- Marketing (outlining the benefits and uses of a solar water pumping system)
All required materials and tools required to complete the project will be provided.
Computers and smartphones should not be needed to complete the project and will not be allowed. At the judge's discretion they may provide technical detail and/or answer technical questions but all information will be provided to all teams regardless of where the query came from.
April 2, 2016 - Onsite build, test and judging
NOTE: Each team delivers a 5-10 minutes presentation, which describes the entry's concept, features, theory of operation, design/construction process, testing and marketing ideas.
Registration/Breakfast - 7 a.m. - 8 a.m.
Brief orientation and distribution of materials - 8 - 8:30 a.m.
Build and Test - 8:30 - noon.
Lunch - noon - 1 p.m.
Judging (15 minutes per team) - 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Each winning team member will receive a $1,000 scholarship.