Enter the 2018 IE Challenge Competition!

Entry Process

  1. First, complete the online registration survey  by the registration deadline, February 9, 2018.  Both team members should complete the survey.  Students can only register as one team.
  2. Second, submit the digital entry by the deadline, March 2, 2018.  It is recommended that you submit early in case there are technical problems. 
  3. Use the scoring rubric to ensure that you have included all of the required components.
  4. Email your digital entry to iecomp@uark.edu 
  5. All entries received no later than 12:00 a.m (midnight) on March 2, 2018 will be scored using the scoring rubric.  Teams and sponsors will be notified of eligibility for the final stage of the competition by March 16, 2018.

Digital Entry Information

Please read and follow the guidelines for your digital entry.

1.  Presentations should be between 4 and 8 minutes.

2. Narration is required!  If using Google Slides, it is recommended that you record your presentation using Screencastify, free for videos under 10 minutes.    Tutorials on recording your presentations can be found by clicking the links for Screencastify or Power Point.  A youtube link is the easiest way to send your presentation, and eliminates the problems associated with sending large files.  

3. Address all of the components listed below.  Also include a cover slide with the following information:

       Names of both team members, Sponsoring Teacher, School, Division (either Jr. or Sr.)

4. Submit your entry by the due date: March 2, 2018.  For presentations recorded and saved in Youtube, sending the link to the video rather than the file generally works better.  Once you have submitted your entry, please do not delete your video from youtube until after you have received notice of your eligibility for the final competition from us.   Email entries to: iecomp@uark.edu

Tutorials on recording your presentations can be found by clicking the links for Screencastify or Power Point.  A youtube link is the easiest way to send your presentation, and eliminates the problems associated with sending large files.

If students are using Google Slides, please use Screencastify.  For videos under 10 minutes, it is free.

If using Power Point 2007, 2010, 2013, or 2016. there is a great tutorial for converting a narrated Power Point to a video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfCO0q9KvRQ

State the problem being studied.  Please be sure to address the IE concepts here, not the problem stated by the scenario your team chose when playing the game.

Within the slideshow, the following industrial engineering concepts should be addressed:

  • Analysis of the layout design – Why did you choose this design?  How did it promote productivity, safety, and customer satisfaction?  What steps did you go through as your design was being developed?
  • Explanation of personnel management.  Give a rationale for the quantity of personnel hired and assigned to each position, as well as any decisions NOT to hire certain personnel.
  • Explanation of queuing structure (line facilities at each attraction) and the mathematical procedures used to determine optimum queue lines.  Explain how you determined the best length for queue lines.  For help with queueing, you might find the following site helpful – Waiting Line Models
  • Explanation of park profitability.  For this part, give a thorough explanation for how your profitability changed as you modified your park.  The goal is to have the most profitable, yet attractive park.
  • Quality control – What steps did you take to ensure a superior satisfaction rating?  Explain in detail!
  • Explanation of your performance rating and the factors that contributed to this rating.  What had to be considered as you endeavored to increase your park rating.
  • Explain the effect of customer satisfaction on the park.  How were you able to increase guest numbers, yet keep them all happy.

Your entry should thoroughly discuss each of the components listed above.  Remember, it is scored as part of your entry and should reflect your best work!

Please follow the guidelines provided and pay attention to the scoring rubric –  SCORING RUBRIC  

Pay attention to detail and provide explanations for choices that you made.

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