With an eye toward finding solutions to the year's challenge, teams also make virtual models with SimCity software, complete a research paper and create a narrative "sell sheet" on their cities. They also prepare a presentation. That's a whole lotta technical and soft skills wrapped up in one competition. (And in even more STEAM, I'm told some teams make costumes for their presentations.)
Follow along with me this weekend and who knows? Maybe you'll be in line when registration opens in March for the 2014-15 competition year.