The poster competition and judging occur prior to the Chem-E-Car performance competition. All team members should be present during judging to answer questions from the judges. Each team must also complete and make available to judges an Engineering Documentation Package.
A poster board must be displayed along with the vehicle on the day of the competition. This poster should describe how the car is powered using the chemical reaction, the unique features of the car, and environmental and safety features in the design. Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) must be present for each chemical used in the entry.
Safety and safe materials transportation procedures are very important considerations in this competition. If obvious safety violations have occurred, the judges can disqualify the entry. Entries are also judged on creativity in the propulsion system and the appearance of the vehicle.
Winners of the poster competition are announced at the end of the performance competition.
A team must achieve a minimum score of 70% in the poster competition to be able to advance to the Chem-E-Car Performance Competition. Posters will be judged according to the following criteria, with a maximum of 20 possible points (equal weighting):
- Description of the chemical reaction / power source
- Unique features of the vehicle
- Design creativity
- Environmental and safety features
- Quality of the poster and team member presentations