1. Main scope of the competition:

Undergraduate students would suggest and execute projects aimed at encouraging High School students to study Electronics Engineering and related areas. The focus should be on finding a solution to a real-life problem based on circuits and systems.

  1. The students should organize in teams.
    1. The teams should have from 3 to 10 members, with at least 1 high school student and at least 2 undergraduate students.
    2. Each team should have a mentor, that could be either a faculty member or a graduate student.
    • The mentor is not counted as a team member.
    1. At least two of the undergraduate students must be either IEEE CASS members or IEEE student members.
  1. The competition will be carried out in three phases:
    1. A first phase at Chapter level;
    2. A second phase at Regional level;
    3. A third and final phase at world level during ISCAS 2017.
  1. First phase of the competition (local level):
    1. It should be organized by the local Chapters, by the IEEE Student Branches, or by the local Sections.
    • There will be one local competition per Chapter/Section/Council.
    1. For registering in the competition, the teams must submit a document (using the providedtemplate) containing:
    • the name of the project,
    • the composition of the teams,
    • the requirements of the project and
    • the expected project outcome.
    1. The registration has to be made by sending, by email, the document defined in item 4B to the Chair of the CASS Chapter from the geographical area the team belongs to, with copy to the corresponding regional CASS BoG representative. Alternatively, if there is no CASS Chapter in the team’s area, the submission should be just sent to the corresponding regional CASS BoG representative.
    2. Upon registration, CASS will offer a technical advisor for each team.
    3. Projects will be evaluated on the basis of:
    • Technical quality.
    • Creativity.
    • Relevance to a real-life problem in circuits and systems.
    • Accessibility to and engagement with high school students.
    1. Composition of the judging panel for first phase:
    • At least three members, appointed by the local organization.
    • There must be at least one member from local industry in the judging panel.
    • The non-industry members should be CASS members.
    • Conflicts of interest should be avoided.
    1. The proposed projects should be screened by the local judging panel.
    • The projects considered not to be capable of interesting a high school student should have their registrations rejected.
    • One suggestion for a measure of a project being of interest to High School students might be setting the level of complexity of the projects such that the High School students could first build the project (e.g., given a kit and instructions) and then use the outcome of the project to demonstrate some interesting concept or application.
    1. CASS will provide funding (US$500) for each local competition (to be divided among the projects).

    • Chapters (or student branches) are encouraged to seek sponsorship from local industry.
    1. The local level competition evaluation will be carried out with the teams making a live demonstration to the judging panel.
    • The judging panel must be present at the demonstration of the projects.
    • The teams must also submit a report (using the provided template) at most one week after the date of the live demonstration.
  1. Second phase of the competition (Regional level):
    1. Up to two projects from each chapter will compete.
    2. Each team must produce a report (using the provided template) together with a video with a detailed demonstration of the project.
    • The video should last at most 10 minutes
    • The video and report should be uploaded to the CASS website.
    • Each video has to be validated by the local judging panel (from the first phase of the competition) prior to submission.
    1. The evaluation will be made remotely, with the aid of the report and the demonstration video.
    2. Composition of the judging panel for the second phase (regional level):
    • At least 5 members.
    • Members should be preferentially from the corresponding region.
    • CASS Technical Committees (TCs) should take part in the appointment of the judging panel.
    • The Technical Committees to be involved should be defined by the CASS VP Technical Activities.
    • The CASS Technical Committees should ensure appointment of regional industry representatives to the judging panel.
    • The corresponding BoG Regional Representative may also suggest members for the regional level judging panel.
    • The CASS VP Technical Activities and VP Regional Activities and Membership should endorse the suggestions and decide on the final composition of the judging panel.
  1. Final phase of the competition (during ISCAS):
    1. One winner from each region would compete at the final phase.
    2. The final phase will take place in ISCAS 2017.
    3. CASS will provide travel grants for the teams to be present at the final phase of the competition in ISCAS 2017.
    • There will be a maximum of three travel grants per team.
    • The travel grant value will be US$1,200 for continental travel and US$2,000 for intercontinental travel.
    1. CASS will offer ISCAS registration for the teams.
    2. The team winning the competition will be awarded a prize of US$3,000.
    3. The evaluation will be carried out with the teams making a live demonstration to the judging panel.
    • The judging panel must be present at the demonstration of the projects.
    • The teams are allowed to submit the final version of the report (using the provided template) a month before the live demonstration date.
    1. Composition of the judging panel for the final phase (world level)
    • At least 5 members.
    • CASS Technical Committees (TCs) should take part in the appointment of the judging panel.
    • The Technical Committees to be involved should be defined by the CASS VP Technical Activities.
    • The CASS Technical Committees should ensure appointment of regional industry representatives to the judging panel.
    • The BoG Regional Representatives may also suggest members for the world level judging panel.
    • The CASS VP Technical Activities and VP Regional Activities and Membership should endorse the suggestions and decide on the final composition of the judging panel.
  1. Important Dates:

June 13, 2016: Registration for the competition closes
November 4, 2016: deadline for the live demonstrations of the first phase of the competition to take place.
December 5, 2016: deadline for the results of the first phase to be announced.
March 5, 2017: deadline for uploading the video and report relative to the second phase of the competition.
April 3, 2017: deadline for the results of the second phase to be announced.
April 30, 2017: deadline for the teams to submit the final version of the report.
May 29, 2017: the live demonstration of the final competition takes place during ISCAS 2017.
May 30, 2017: the winner is announced during ISCAS 2017 Awards Ceremony.