Engineering 6806 Competition Results

The following table gives the performance grade for each team from the competition.

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How did we arrive at these scores?

As we said from the start, the grades for performance in the competition are somewhat subjective. This is necessary since any rigid grading scheme that we've been able to come up with fails in particular cases (e.g., if we'd designed a scheme based on previous experience, we would probably have all but one team scored at 24/24 this year). That said, being engineers, we want to quantify it, so the following is how we did it. The 'raw' results are available here.

What about Design?

We understand that there has been some concern that the competition performance does not evaluate the design goals that were stated and discussed in the earlier reviews. This is a real challenge in courses such as this because the key educational outcome is about design, but performance in a single short competition cannot effectively evaluate design. Quality of design would be reflected in such things as suitability for the purpose at hand, robustness over time and varied application, ease of enhancement and adaptability to new situations. We recognize this and this is exactly why the final competition performance is only a component of the total mark and there is an explicit design component of the mark, which has been evaluated with your draft documents and will be with the final documents. The mark that is assigned for design is not purely based on the documentation, but is an evaluation of what we see as the quality of your design in all the ways that we can observe it, including observed performance in the demos and competition.


  1. The distance measure used (sum of vector distances between waypoints) is clearly a very poor measure of the true length of a course, or its difficulty, so the term speed can only be used loosely here and is only really a fair comparison on the same course. Since all teams completed the same first course, and five teams completed the same short second course, we can use this as a basis of comparison (and they are pretty consistent) and we can estimate what the speed for Car_Ram_Rod would have been on the short second course based on how much faster other teams did it in comparison to the first course.
  2. In retrospect it was clearly a mistake on our part to allow a choice on the second course. We should have chosen one and stuck to it. Unfortunately we can't go back and fix that now, so we have to work with what we have.

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