The TCS Competition challenges the next generation to be socially and culturally aware of the impact technology has on society.

About the Competition

Each year the Department of Technology, Culture and Society (TCS) hosts the annual competition for high school students, challenging them to think critically about problems in our society and to create solutions in the following areas:

  • Sustainable Urban Environments
  • Science and Technology Studies: Medicine, Law, Science and Technology
  • Integrated Digital Media

All winners earn tuition-remission for a TCS summer course of their choice.

Competition Details

SUSTAINABLE URBAN ENVIRONMENTS

Contest

Teams of one to three propose ways that cities in New York and New Jersey can increase resiliency to climate change and plan for and/or better respond to the likelihood of these events.
 

Criteria

High School Sophomores and Juniors:

Evaluation will be based on how well projects:

  • Clearly describe a particular problem that may result from events such as Hurricane Sandy
  • Discuss potential damage to the city and its population if this problem is not adequately addressed (such as in terms of health, convenience, cost, etc.).
  • Describe a proposed response to this problem –through planning, infrastructure, design, communications, etc. - that reduces risk and damage.

 

Submission Format

May be submitted as a research paper or as a video. See FAQs for details.

 

For more information about the Sustainable Urban Environments program, click here.

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY STUDIES

Contest

Teams of one to three provide an STS analysis of one issue related to big data: What is the role of big data from a social, a technical, an historical, a philosophical, or an ethical perspective?

Sample Issues
Students interested in STS as preparation for medical school might consider the effects or opportunities of big data on healthcare or medical research. Those who plan to use STS as preparation for a legal career might be more interested in issues related to transparency and privacy in the collection or analysis of data. Finally, those thinking about the STS major because it offers the opportunity for interdisciplinary engineering might imagine a project related to urban informatics, the analysis of large data sets to improve quality of life or the infrastructure of cities. Other approaches to the topic are also welcome.
 

Criteria

High School Sophomores and Juniors:

Projects will be evaluated based on how well they make an argument about the issue, and how well they are written.
 

Submission Format

Must be submitted as a research paper. See FAQs for details.
 

For more information about the Science and Technology Studies program, click here.

INTEGRATED DIGITAL MEDIA

Contest

Teams of one to three students submit videos of the coolest thing they have ever made. Creations must use some form of digital technology (app, short film, website, robot, led project, 3D graphics, interface design, code experiment, sound design, audio project, etc.)

The video is intended to show off what you made.
 

Criteria

High School Sophomores and Juniors:

Projects will be evaluated based on how awesome your digital technology is and how clearly you explain it.
 

Submission Format

Must be submitted as a video. See FAQs for details.
 

For more information about the Integrated Digital Media program, click here.

 

Eligibility

Contest open to high school sophomores and juniors in the New York and New Jersey area.

Prizes

  • Academic scholarship to the School of Engineering: $20,000 ($5,000/year) for first place; $16,000 ($4,000/year) for second place; $12,000 ($3,000/year) for third place; and $4,000 ($1,000/year) for all finalists.
  • First, second and third place trophies are given to the high schools of the team members
  • Finalists plaques are also awarded to the high schools of the team members

Important Competition Dates

Monday, September 15, 2014

Mentors may begin registering their students to participate in the competition. Please click here to begin registering for the 2015 TCS Competition.

TBD

Meeting with mentors.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Registration closes.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

TCS Competition workshop as well as meeting with TCS faculty, staff and current students to answer questions about the compeition.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Submission date. Submit a one page proposal (STS, SUE) or 30 second video (IDM).

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Finalists will be announced.

Monday, February 16 to Friday, February 20, 2015
 

Drop-in hours to meet with TCS faculty, staff and current students to answer questions about the competition.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Webinar: Question and answer for students. Information about the finalists competition.

TBD

Finalists competition.

Please note: Some dates are subject to change. Please actively check the website and email correspondence from the Department for updated information.