The SkillsUSA Minnesota Team Engineering Challenge (TEC) is a contest designed to evaluate and recognize outstanding students for excellence and professionalism in creative- and critical- thinking skills and the decision-making process needed to solve a problem. Teams of three work to create a mechanism to perform a specified task utilizing various components from the kit of everyday items that will be provided to them. The contest is intended to foster creativity, innovation, teamwork, and problem-solving skills.



This contest is open to any middle school (6th-8th grade), or high school (9-12th grade) teams of three.


The SkillsUSA Minnesota Team Engineering Challenge (TEC) is a same-day contest offered to middle and high school students. In TEC, students work in teams of three to design and develop a prototype to solve a transportation-related problem provided by an imaginary potential ‘client’. Their team will be required to test and present their solution to the client.


The 2021 contest will take place at the 2021 Engineering Machine Design Championship.




The teams will need to work together to develop a plan for the prototype. They need to plan an effective design. Documentation for pre-planning will need to be in the presentation that will be given to the judges. Teams will follow the Engineering Design Cycle (Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, Improve) to build their prototype and test in the “Official Test Station” during work time.

Finally, teams will be allowed to test and present their prototype in front of the judges for the final scoring stage. Judges will record the BEST trial. They will need to explain how they decided on their design and respond to questions from judges pertaining to the teamwork process.


Evaluation and judging points will be awarded in accordance with TEC Rubric Contest Guidelines. Points will be awarded in the categories of project planning, contest time utilization, interview/testing, and penalty points.


8:00 AM – 9:00 AM | Check-in
9:00 AM – 9:30 PM | Orientation Meeting
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM | Team Work Time
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM | Lunch
12:30 PM – 5:00 PM | Judging (Interview times will be scheduled to allow for Engineering Machine Design Team Finalists to participate in both events.)
5:30 PM – 6:00 PM | Awards Ceremony

This schedule is tentative and subject to change.

For more information, contact:
Jessa Dahmes | SkillsUSA | MN State Director | 715-225-4784