Take the IE Challenge!

The IE Challenge is a fun, interactive game-based competition that allows you to apply components of industrial engineering as you design the facilities layout and hire the necessary personnel to keep an amusement park running efficiently.  All of this is done through the use of a Roller Coaster Tycoon simulation game.  Students work together in teams of 2 to design and operate a roller coaster theme park.  Data is collected during game play, and a discussion of the industrial engineering concepts involved in the development and operation of the park is submitted digitally.  The top teams will be invited to the University of Arkansas to  compete for trophies and prize money!

Submit your team registration  by the deadline, February 9, 2018, and your digital presentation by March 2, 2018,  in order to qualify for the final stage of the competition which will be held at the University of Arkansas on April 7, 2018.

Click here to access the registration survey.  Both team members should complete the survey.  Please make sure to use the same team name for both registrants.  It is also helpful if you ensure that both team members list their team mate using the same name the team mate uses during registration.

Click here for additional information on the digital presentation requirements.

Competition Overview

Using the roller coaster tycoon simulation games, you and your partner will explore the following engineering concepts:

  • Facilities Layout
  • Project Management – planning stages
  • Queuing System Structure
  • Progress and Status Reporting
  • Personnel Management
  • Profitability

The digital entry must include discussion about each of these concepts.  More information about the IE concepts can be found in the  found on the IE Concepts Information page.

Top ranking teams in each division, Junior and Senior,  will be awarded trophies, cash prizes, and a plaque to display at their school!

Prizes are as follows:

1st Place – 1st place plaque, trophies for each student, and $600 ($200 for each student and their sponsor)

2nd Place – 2nd place plaque, trophies for each student, and $300 ($100 for each student and their sponsor)

3rd Place – 3rd place plaque, trophies for each student, and $150 ($50 for each student and their sponsor)