The Ninth Annual Downeast Maine Tech Olympics

Each school is limited to only one team of no fewer than two and no more than five members. Team members need not be full-time techs; actors who help during load-in and strike also qualify. 

Competition tasks occur in the order listed below, so teams should arrange their lineup to match individual members' strengths. 

Please note: this is a friendly competition and schools with smaller or no tech crews should not feel discouraged to participate.

Tech Olympics Structure and Events

ROUND 1 - Tech Relay Race - Carry the torch from the back of the house to the front (and back again between each of the tasks).  The winner of this timed event will receive 100 points, second 90 points and so on.

Box Frame Construction

Assemble a box frame.  Each team will be provided a 2x4 framed box assembly consisting of four equal 2x4’s, a box of screws and a screw gun. Once approved by the referee, return the torch to the back of the house.

Lighting, Gelling and Focusing

A team member will power and focus a light with a gobo and gel. The participant must plug a lighting instrument in with a  provided adapter, then gel and gobo, focus and shutter its beam into a spike-taped pattern on the cyc wall until the referee calls done; then the participant must restore the instrument to its original state. Return the torch to the back of the house.


A team member will properly coil an XLR cable to be unrolled by a toss by the referee until deemed a pass. Return the torch to the back of the house.

Line Tying

A team member will tie a bowline, a clove hitch and a regular square knot with the three lines provided; all must be approved by the referee. Return the torch to the back of the house.

ROUND 2 - Tape Measure Competition

One contestant from the top four teams from round one must feed out a tape measure into the air as far as possible. The total length (in inches) reached before collapse is tallied and points are awarded as follows:

50 points for 1st place
45 points for 2nd place
40 points for 3rd place
35 points for 4th place

Tie Breaker - Drop Cloth Folding

Each team stands on a drop cloth in a line. They must flip the drop cloth over without touching the floor themselves. First team done wins.


2012 - Sumner Memorial High School
2013 - Washington Academy
2014 - Mount Desert Island High School
2015 - Mount Desert Island High School
2016 - Mount Desert Island High School
2017 - Washington Academy
2018 - Deer Isle-Stonington High School
2019 - Hampden Academy
2020 - 
Deer Isle-Stonington High School

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