The following changes have been made to this handbook from the 2023 Engineering Machine Design Contest Handbook:
- Section 3.3 Machine Dimensions:
- Clarification: Machine dimensions are measured from the floor up (even if machine is placed on a table) and will include the entire machine structure and all components. Only electrical cord may be outside the parameters.
- Section 3.8 Team Journal:
- Changed reflection word count limit to a 1-page limit.
- Section 4.4 Score Sheet 4: Machine Design and Operations
- Category 3: Innovation and Creativity changed “creative use of everyday items and materials in new or different ways” to “creative use of everyday items and materials in unexpected or different ways”.
- Category 5: Machine Complexity changed “steps demonstrated a higher degree of difficulty and precise transfer of energy” to “steps demonstrated a higher degree of difficulty, reliability, and precise transfer of energy”.