Solve it by Sunset Design-A-Thon 2018

Solve it By SunsetEngineer Your WorldWoodlands Christian Academy

We are looking forward to the first-ever “Solve it by Sunset Design-A-Thon,” an exciting day of solving a real-world problem presented by Engineer Your World in partnership with The Woodlands Christian Academy. Students will work in small, mixed-school teams to apply the engineering tools and techniques they are learning in Engineer Your World to design, build and test a product and/or service to prevent or mitigate damage to homes from flooding.

This page contains general information about the event. It will be updated periodically and will showcase winning designs after the event.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Lauren Cotlar or call 512-471-4706.

**Please upload student paperwork here.**



Saturday, April 28, 2018
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM (with lunch included)


The Woodlands Christian Academy, located at 5800 Academy Way, The Woodlands, TX 77384. The event will be held in the MPR (Multi-Purpose Room).


Students should wear their official school uniforms if their schools have such.


No preparation or work is required prior to or after this event.


The following items are encouraged to enable students to create Technical Reports and Business Plans:

  • Laptop computers
  • Calculators
  • Pens and paper
  • Engineer Your World Engineering Notebooks (as a reminder of the various Engineer Your World engineering design tools)

Templates will be provided for the Technical Report and Business Plan. A bountiful kit of materials, supplies, and tools will be supplied to each team to support scale model construction. WiFi will be available.


Students will be assigned to mixed-school teams of 5 – 6 students. Each team will be supported by a peer facilitator and a professional engineer. After fun introductory team-building games, the specifics of the real-world problem will be announced. Additional fun team-building activities will take place throughout the day. By 4:00 pm, each team must submit for judging a Technical Report, Business Plan and scale-models (virtual and physical) for their team solution. Templates will be provided for the Technical Report and Business Plan. A bountiful kit of building materials, supplies, and tools will be provided to each team to support scale model construction. Engineers and other industry professionals will serve as judges. The best solutions will earn collectively awards and prizes totaling $7,500 (e.g. gift cards, tablets, etc…).


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Saturday, April 28, 2018

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM


Frequently Asked Questions



The University of Texas at Austin Cockrell School of Engineering’s Engineer Your World will not take custodial responsibility of minors while participating in Solve it by Sunset Design-A-Thon. Custodial responsibility will remain with teachers, parents, legal guardians, and/or chaperones.