Symposium 2018

Students who participate in the competition will design a 3D printed object that is their own creation and fits within one of the categories.  This is an individual competition where students will compete at their school level and category. Students will choose their category at the time of registration. Students will give a 10-minute verbal presentation to the judges, create an engineering notebook (e.g. poster board or journal) that documents and explains their design process. This competition is open to all students K-12 within the TBAISD.

The event will be held: 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at the Hagerty Center.

Categories Hobby/Artistic Community Cause Engineering Feat
Description Students will design something that is a hobby or is artistic. Students will design something that impacts the community in a positive way. They should outline the problem within their engineering notebook and explain how their design impacts the community. Students will design something that has functional part(s).
Real World Example Aera Fabrica Annika Gets 3D Printed Arm from Dolphin with Prosthetic Tail 3D Printing a Scissor Lift Jack Stand


Best Hobby/Artistic Design
Best Community Cause Design
Best Engineering Feat Design
People’s Choice

Registration is Open

Registration Deadline: May 4, 2018

To register complete the online form and be sure to add your parent/guardians email. Your registration is not complete until your parent/guardian sends Newton’s Road a reply to the confirmation email. Register here.

Students are encouraged to have multiple prototypes at the competition to show the judges. By having these prototypes, the students will be able to have a hands-on explanation to their design process. The judges will get a well-rounded understanding of the student’s design process and the design.

The requirements for the day of the Science Symposium:

  • Students must have their design printed out and ready to explain to the judges.
  • Students must have an engineering notebook. The students may choose what medium they want to use.
  • If the engineering notebook is a poster board the required dimensions are: 108 inches (274 cm) tall, including the table (tables will be provided), 48 inches (122 cm) wide, 30 inches (76 cm) deep
  • Students are allowed to use another’s design idea as a base but the design must be their own. Note the inspiration design in your engineering notebook.
  • If a student chooses to use another’s design idea (i.e. something off of Thingiverse etc.) they must give credit, saying where they got the design from, the identification number (if available), and URL. This must be turned in with your works cited/reference page (if applicable) one week prior to the event.
  • Design file and Works Cited/Reference (if applicable) must be turned in Wednesday, May 11, 2018, ONE WEEK PRIOR to the event. Email the files to Drea Weiner 3dprinterplc@gmail.
  • Students must be present at the beginning of the event and remain until judging has been completed.
  • Students are expected to dress in professional attire: no jeans, no hats, flip-flops, etc.


  • No live animals
  • No preserved animals (vertebrate or invertebrate), or embryos
  • No animal parts or body fluids (e.g. urine, blood)
  • No poisons, drugs, controlled substances or hazardous chemicals
  • No dangerous devices (e.g. weapons, ammunition)
  • No dry ice
  • No dangerously hot surfaces (i.e. could cause burns)
  • No contaminated soil or waste samples
  • No lasers
  • No sharp items (e.g. syringes, needles)
  • No flames or highly flammable materials
  • No batteries with open tops
  • No projects with unshielded belts, pulleys, chains or other moving parts
  • No active internet or email connections
  • Electrical outlets are typically limited at the Symposium. Please call ahead to confirm availability, and bring your own extension cords and power strips.
  • Pictures: From magazines, newspapers, internet, etc.: Credit lines must be included (“Image is taken from…” or “Photograph was taken by…”)
  • Animals: No pictures of animals undergoing surgical techniques, dissections, etc.
  • Humans: No pictures of humans from whom signed consent forms have not been obtained

If you don’t have access to a 3D printer to print your design please contact Drea Weiner.

Drea Weiner, STEM Education Specialist

 (231) 922-6560