EBEC Challenge is a national engineering competition created by university students for university students. In this challenge your knowledge is put to proof through practical applications of the theory you acquired.
The competition is divided into two categories: Case Study and Team Design. In both categories you have the opportunity to put into practise what you have learnt, by solving real problems and creating prototypes.
The participants have to form teams of four students, and each participating team has the unique opportunity to develop both theoretical, technical and teamwork skills. You will feel a very characteristic friendly competitiveness spirit among all the teams, but most important is the satisfaction of accomplishing your final goal, and making headway in the competition.
Engineering competitions have been part of BEST’s culture since 2002, and BEST Lisboa organized the first ever engineering competition in Portugal, back in 2004. This year, the first edition of EBEC Challenge, a spinoff of EBEC (European BEST Engineering Competition), is taking place in Portugal, Spain, Germany, Italy, Romenia, among other countries.
The first stage of EBEC Challenge takes place in Instituto Superior Técnico, on 17th and 18th March, and registrations will be open between 19th February and 3rd March.
In the Case Study category the teams have the opportunity to analyse and solve a problem based on a real situation. To do that, the participants have access to several research tools and realistic resources and they have to present a solution in 24 hours. The solution should be able of being applied by a company or organization. This challenges could be, for instance, plan the logistics needed to implement a solar panel network, to provide energy to a small city, or create an airport. Many companies have demonstrated interest for this category of the Engineering competitions, that contribute to the continuous development of the presented cases.
In the Team Design category, the goal is to project and construct a prototype, with limited materials, that follows the requirements of the presented problem. In 24 hours, the participants should plan an efficient strategy, that leads to the resolution of the problem, and then, present it. Constructions of totally functional small elevating towers or hot air balloons were presented for several teams in the past editions of the Engineering competitions. With this challenge, it is pretended that the participants use their technical knowledge and their skills of problem solving and decision-making.