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Guidelines

Content Guidelines


Component One

Technical Application's Background

Task One

Prepare a 200- to 300-word history about the National Critical Technology (NCT) technical application your team has selected to solve a local or national problem.

Task Two

Cite three detailed examples of research done in the past 3 to 5 years which focused on the NCT technical application your team selected. Include:
  • the funding agency,
  • the principal investigator's name, and
  • the institution where the research is or was being conducted.

Task Three

Based on the research your team has done, explain how the NCT application chosen has advanced scientific knowledge.

Component Two

Technical Application's Market

Task One

Identify two companies and one product produced by each company that directly relate to the NCT technical application your team has selected.

Task Two

Identify one professional association or trade organization associated with the products your team identified. Include:
  • its name,
  • description of its mission, and
  • number of people/companies involved.

Task Three

Propose and describe a new product or new process based on your team's NCT technical application.

Task Four

Via the Internet, locate a company that might be able to manufacture your teamís proposed product. Send the company an e-mail asking that someone in the company evaluate the product your team proposed. Provide on your website the e-mail request you sent, the names of manufacturers to whom you sent the request and include any responses received.

Component Three

Technical Application's Impact

Task One

Provide a forecast of what the workforce demand would be over a five-year period to produce and market your teamís technical application or process. Include the impact such production would have on the marketplace.

Task Two

Give two examples of undergraduate or graduate degree programs in science or engineering that directly relate to your team's NCT technical application. For each program, be sure to include the following:
  • the URL address of the institution,
  • the department (for example, chemical engineering, electronic engineering) where the program is offered, and
  • a brief description of the program of study.

Task Three

Develop an idea for a new science and/or engineering degree program that might emerge given the advancements in scientific knowledge that the team has identified. Provide a title and 100-word description of this new degree program.