Concrete Solutions Competition Questions

Questions regarding the rules must be submitted via email to students@concrete.org. Questions will be filtered to the volunteer judging team with responses issued within 1 week of submittal. Responses will also be posted to the FAQ section on the competition website for availability to all competitors. ACI staff is not available off-hours and questions will be responded to as received. Examples of Potential Submissions

  1. Show how concrete can be used to solve one of society's major problems, through development of a new product, approach, or innovative use of existing technology
  2. Develop a new student competition that exposes students worldwide to concrete and encourages the use of concrete to solve the world's problems. By exposing students to the possible solutions that concrete can provides, we encourage the generation of more new ideas and potential innovative approaches to solving the world's problems. A good competition is both exciting and educational.
  3. Show how a unique approach in mixture design or testing led to a breakthrough in concrete knowledge or a superior product—possibly even in a previous student competition, such as the ACI Spring Bowling Ball competition.
  4. Show how the innovative use of existing technology could improve the construction community or society at large. This could include the adaptation of new technologies to result in more efficient designs, decreased use of embodied carbon, or overall reduction in the global impacts caused by current concrete construction.

Q1: Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, our college is closed now. We added our signatures from images. Is this okay to upload?

A: Yes, it can be uploaded.

Q2a: What is the maximum number slides for a PowerPoint presentation?

A: The competition doesn’t have a set maximum for slides. Although, for example, if your team does 1 slide per minute, 7 slides = 7-minute max. If your team chooses to use PowerPoint, I encourage you to use the template provided for uploading team member information.

Q2b: Can we explain our PowerPoint presentation in a YouTube video?

A: Please review the Concrete Solution Rules. The YouTube video can be in any format, including PowerPoint, short film, documentary, etc. Examples of potential submissions can be found in the Rules.

Q3: I registered for the Concrete Solutions Competition. I just finished my final exams last month, so my Department denies that I am still an undergraduate because I just graduated. There are 5 other students who are still in. Our department can provide verification for 5 students who are all my juniors. So, is it necessary to provide verification for me and 2 of my fellow students, or should the 3 of us withdraw from competition, or is there any other option to verify for 3 of us?

A: Since you have graduated, you are no longer eligible for the competition.

Q4: What should be included in the YouTube video? Should it be a video of the students presenting their PowerPoint presentation or a YouTube video explaining the innovative solution creatively? Is it necessary to create a YouTube video for the competition?

A: A YouTube video is required for the Concrete Solutions Competition. The YouTube video can be in any format including PowerPoint, short film, documentary, etc. Examples of potential submissions and video requirements can be found in the Rules.

Q5a: I have a question about a particular point of the Concrete Solutions Competition: “Team members must make sure proof of their student status is provided. A verification statement of each team members’ student status and the status of the advisor should be provided by a school official or faculty member on university/school letterhead. The letter must indicate that each member of the team (please list their names) is a current student at the school/university and must also confirm that the advisor is a faculty member at the university. All students and advisors from one school can be recorded in one letter.”

The person who sends this letter must be a different person to our advisor. Our advisor is our chapter main tutor. Can you help me with this information?

A: As long as your advisor is indeed a school official or faculty member, they can also provide the Letter of Verification.

Q5b: Letter of Verification should be addressed to?

A: Feel free to have them address the letter to me (Rachel Belcher.)

Q5c: Does my advisor needs to attach a document to verify his teacher status? Or just my team?

A: The letter your advisor wrote would qualify for the Letter of Verification requirement.

Q5d: So, we don't need to attach documentation which certifies our status?

A: That is correct. The Letter of Verification from your university Advisor will serve as proof of your student status.

Q5e: Our tutor would like to send the Letter of Verification from the official e-mail of the university's student chapter. Is there a problem with that?

A: Uploading from that e-mail should be fine as long as the letter meets the requirements. (Reminder below.)

“A verification statement of each team members’ student status and the status of the advisor should be provided by a school official or faculty member on university/school letterhead. The letter must indicate that each member of the team (please list their names) is a current student at the school/university and must also confirm that the advisor is a faculty member at the university.”

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