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CAD

Level 4
MORE THAN ONE TEAM PER SCHOOL IS ALLOWED

  • Description
    Teams will be asked to create one or more CAD designs/views as solutions to the problem.
  • Internet Access
    Prohibited
  • Helpful tools
    3-D modeling CAD software such as Autodesk Inventor, Solid Works, etc.
  • Judging
    At the end of the contest time, teams should save their work and leave it up on their computer screen.  The judging form must have complete written instructions for loading each view.
  • Criteria
    Solutions will be evaluated on accuracy and completeness of the 3-D models along with the proper application of orthographic projection and dimensioning rules.

 


 

CYBER SECURITY

Level 4
MORE THAN ONE TEAM PER SCHOOL IS ALLOWED

  • Description
    Teams will solve a selection of cyber security problems using their choice of tools.
  • Hardware/Software
    Contestants will be given a Virtual Machine (VM) for the competition.  Contestants should install any tools they might need on their computer before the event.  An Airmon compatible wireless adapter and VMWare Workstation Player are needed.
  • Internet Access
    Yes. Computer should have Airmon compatible wireless adapter.
  • Helpful tools and skills
    Kali Linux, firewall basics, Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer, sysinternals tools, bash scripting, http, ftp, nmap, sqlmap, netcat, wireshark, nikto, ZAP, burp suite, hexeditor, rdesktop.  Cyber Security teams can use the tools listed (or others) on Kali Linux, but to solve the problems, teams will need to know some windows firewall basics, using MSBA, sysinternals tools, bash scripting. It is also expected that contestants have basic understanding of http and ftp.
  • Judging
    Judges will evaluate the answers to problems without considering the tools used. Solutions will be delivered digitally.
  • Criteria
    Solutions will be evaluated on answers to Cyber Security questions and evidence provided.

 


 

DESKTOP PRESENTATIONS

Levels 2-4

  • Description
    Teams will design original slide shows using text and graphics to achieve the project’s objectives.
  • Hardware/Software
    Teams may use their choice of software, prepared and original photos, clip art, logos, animations, video and audio clips. Scanners, cameras, mobile devices and online resources can be used. Earphones are recommended but not required. Dictionaries and/or spell check programs may be used.
  • Internet Access
    To optionally access online media resources, computers must have wireless capability and be configured to allow connection to the ODU Wi-Fi network.
  • Helpful tools
    Microsoft Office (PowerPoint, etc.), Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Flash, Dreamweaver, etc.), PaintShop Pro, Astound, HyperStudio, etc.
  • Judging
    At the end of the contest time, teams should save their work and leave it up on their computer screen. If screen locks are in use, the password must be provided. The judges will evaluate solutions from the screen.
  • Criteria
    Solutions must meet the problem’s requirements and will be evaluated for achievement of stated objectives.

 


 

DESKTOP PUBLISHING

Levels 1-4

  • Description
    Teams will design a publication using their choice of software and clip art.
  • Hardware/Software
    Dictionaries and/or spell check programs may be used.  Additional clip art packages, scanners, and digital cameras can be used, but will not be graded any higher than simple clip art.
  • Internet Access
    Optional to access additional clipart, use web or server-based software, or to download sponsor logos. Computer must have wireless capability.
  • Helpful tools
    Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver), Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Publisher), Classroom Publisher, PrintShop, Writing Center, PaintShop, QuickTime, Pages, etc.
  • Judging
    At the end of the contest time, contestants should save their work and leave it up on their computer screen.
  • Criteria
    Solutions will be evaluated on originality, creativity, fulfillment of the problem’s requirements, and effective use of the computer.

 


 

GRAPHIC DESIGN

Levels 1-4

  • Description
    Teams will create visual solutions to various problems using their choice of graphics software.
  • Hardware/Software
    Some problems may allow the use of scanners or digital cameras.
  • Internet Access
    Optional to access web information for background research related to assigned problems, use web or server-based software, or to download sponsor logos. Computer must have wireless capability.
  • Helpful tools
    Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, PhotoShop, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Flash), Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint), Painter, Print Shop, Easy Color Paint, Expert Paint, KidPix, PaintBrush, PowerPaint, Morph, SuperPaint, SuperPoint, Deluxe Paint, PaintShop, etc.
  • Judging
    At the end of the contest time, teams should save their work and leave it up on their computer screen. The judges will evaluate the solutions from the screen.
  • Criteria
    Solutions will be evaluated on originality, creativity, fulfillment of the problem’s requirements, and effective use of the computer.

 


 

INTEGRATED APPLICATIONS

Levels 3 & 4
MORE THAN ONE TEAM PER SCHOOL IS ALLOWED

  • Description
    Teams will integrate word processing, database, and spreadsheet applications to create solutions to various problems.
  • Hardware/Software
    ASCII delimited data files will be provided. Contestants should not type in data.
  • Internet Access
    Prohibited
  • Helpful tools
    Microsoft Office (Excel, Access, Word, Publisher, etc.), Quatro Pro, Adobe Creative Suite, etc.
  • Judging
    All information used in the database, spreadsheet, and word processor should be saved in separate files.
  • Criteria
    Teams must use at least two separate applications (both may be a part of a single suite of applications). Solutions will be evaluated on the team’s ability to obtain the correct outcome, as well as the methods used to integrate data between applications.

 


 

INTERNET SCAVENGER HUNT

Level 2

  • Description
    Teams will be given an online scavenger hunt to complete in a Windows computer lab using Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Chrome as the browser.
  • Hardware/Software
    A Windows computer and a printer are provided by ODU. Teams are allowed to visit the lab before the Rules Review. Technicians will be available to help with hardware issues only. 
  • Internet Access
    Allowed
  • Judging
    A digitized and paper log will be provided for the team to use or they may create their own on paper or on the computer. 
  • Criteria
    Solutions will be evaluated on answers to Scavenger Hunt questions and methods used to obtain information. Team members will be judged on the quality of their responses.

 


 

MUSIC COMPOSITION

Levels 3 & 4
MORE THAN ONE TEAM PER SCHOOL IS ALLOWED

  • Description
    Teams will compose original music.
  • Hardware/Software
    Each team is required to have earphones. No speakers.
  • Internet Access
    Prohibited
  • Helpful tools
    Sibelius 5, DubTurbo, Fruityloops, Audiotool, VirtualDJ, CakeWalk, Home Studio, Encore, EZ Vision, Finale Allegro, Music Trax, Music Shop, SongWorks, Finale, MasterTrac Pro, Noteworthy Composer, Acid, MuseScore 1.1, Ableton, Finale Notepad, Smart Music, GarageBand, etc.
  • Judging
    Problem solutions should be in the form of aural compositions that the judges will load and listen to.  The judging form must have complete written instructions for loading each program.
  • Criteria
    Judges will evaluate by listening to your music, depending on the software. Solutions will be evaluated on originality, creativity, fulfillment of the problem’s requirements, and effective use of the computer.

 


 

PROGRAMMING – OBJECT-ORIENTED BUSINESS

Levels 3 & 4
MORE THAN ONE TEAM PER SCHOOL IS ALLOWED

  • Description
    Teams will solve a selection of programming problems using their choice of Visual Programming or JAVA programming languages.
    Hardware/Software - Editors are allowed.
  • Internet Access
    Prohibited
  • Helpful tools and skills
    Visual Studio QBasic, True Basic, MS Basic, Quick Basic, Visual Basic, C++, C#, JCreator for IDE, Java IDE, SunJAVA, HTML, BlueJ, Eclipse, DevCPP, JAVA, etc.
  • Judging
    Judges will evaluate a copy of the program code on the screen as well as the program execution. Each programming language will be judged separately.  At the end of the contest time, contestants must leave one of their programs up and running, or ready to run.  Any other programs must be saved.  The judging form must have complete written instructions for loading each program.  Partial solutions will be judged.
  • Criteria
    Solutions will be evaluated on operability, user-friendliness, clarity, organization, structure, utility, creativity, and fulfillment of the problem’s requirements. Each problem has a different point value, and the winner is chosen based on the total number of points earned.

 


 

PROGRAMMING – SCIENTIFIC/NON-BUSINESS

Level 4
MORE THAN ONE TEAM PER SCHOOL IS ALLOWED

  • Description
    Teams will solve a selection of programming problems using their choice of programming languages.
  • Internet Access
    Prohibited
  • Helpful tools and skills
    Python, Dev-C++, Eclipse, C#, C++, Visual C#, etc.
  • Judging
    Judges will evaluate a screen copy of the program code and the program execution. Each programming language will be judged separately.
  • Criteria
    Solutions will be evaluated on operability, user-friendliness, clarity, organization, structure, utility, creativity, and fulfillment of the problem’s requirements.

 


 

VIDEO EDITING

Levels 2-4

  • Description
    Teams will create a video telling a story using video and provided music options with editing software supplied by the team. 
    Pre-Competition: Teams will receive the video in .wmv and .mp4 formats ahead of time so they can view the video and import it into their video editing software. Do NOT edit the video prior to the competition. Tape logging/paper edits are allowed and can be brought to the competition.  Questions can be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Hardware/Software
    Additional video or music is not allowed. Voice-overs may be required. A microphone is needed. Headphones are recommended.
  • Internet Access
    Prohibited
  • Helpful tools
    Avid Media Composer, MovieMaker, Ulead, iMovie, Elements, GarageBand, iPhoto, iTunes, iLife Suite, etc.
  • Judging
    At the end of the contest time, contestants should save their work and leave it up on their computer screen. 
  • Criteria
    Final video should be between 1 to 2 minutes.  Over 2 minutes is considered ineligible. Solutions will be evaluated on continuity (clarity of the story), composition (length of the shots and video clip arrangement), creativity, editing skills (transitions, effects, etc.), graphics (usage, spelling, grammar) and use of video clips and music selections.

 


 

VISUAL PROGRAMMING/BLOCK CODING

Levels 1 & 2

  • Description
    Teams will create a digital story or a game using ScratchJr or PBS KIDS ScratchJr (Level 1) or Scratch (Level 2). 
  • Hardware/Software
    Dictionaries and/or spell check programs may be used. Blank storyboards are allowed. Earphones recommended but not required.
  • Internet Access
    Prohibited
  • Helpful tools
    Scratch.  
  • Judging
    At the end of the contest time, contestants should save their work and leave it up on their computer screen. The judges will evaluate the solution from the screen. Teams will be disqualified if they use an existing Scratch Jr Project. 
  • Criteria
    Solutions will be evaluated on creativity, originality, demonstration of technology skill, programming practices, and fulfillment of the problem’s requirements.

 


 

WEB DESIGN

Levels 3 & 4

  • Description
    Teams will create a web page. 
  • Hardware/Software
    Each team must provide their own tools, including a web browser, to create the web page(s). Teams may use an editor or raw HTML. 
  • Internet Access
    Optional to access additional clip art but using code from the internet for web design is strictly prohibited. Computer must have wireless capability.
  • Helpful tools
    Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, etc.), Notepad, Macromedia, JAVAScript,  HTML, Microsoft Office (Word, Publisher, etc.), iWeb, etc.
  • Judging
    Teams will be disqualified if they use existing web pages. Please leave the completed judging form by the computer.
  • Criteria
    Solutions will be evaluated on originality and creativity of the web page.