What is the Engineering Academic Challenge?
The Engineering Academic Challenge (EAC) is a 5-week interactive problem-solving competition for students to learn core research skills in context of transdisciplinary themes, inspired by the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges of the 21st Century. It is a global program that allows students around the world compete for prizes and international recognition through weekly sets of questions. During the challenge, new sets of questions will be available weekly on Monday 9.00 am Central European Time / 3.00 am /Eastern Time for 5 weeks starting September 10, 2018. Participants will be challenged to answer all of the questions correctly with the highest accuracy using engineering search tools including Knovel and Engineering Village.

There are weekly and overall prizes for participants with the highest score. Scores are based on the most correct answers as well as how quickly they can answer questions.

What is the goal of Engineering Academic Challenge?
The EAC is a fun way to teach engineering students about good desk research practices and help them fully understand the library resources that may be available to them. The questions are designed to require searches through Elsevier’s Knovel and Engineering Village databases.

Which themes are covered in the Engineering Academic Challenge?
The 2018 challenge covers 5 new themes inspired by the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges of the 21st Century. These themes are: |
> Engineer the Tools of Scientific Discovery
> Restore and Improve Urban Infrastructure
> Provide Access to Clean Water
> Engineer Virtual Reality
> Engineer Better Robots

How do I participate?
For first time participants, you can get your EAC credentials by registering through www.elsevier.com/eac. During your registration, you will be asked to pick your institution from a drop-down list. Make sure you pick the institution where you are enrolled and register with the email account associated to your university so that your school will show up on the rankings board. If you can’t find your institution in the list, please add it to the field "Other" in the dropdown list.

Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to activate your EAC account. If you do not receive this email, please check your spam folder as it may have been blocked by your server.

If you played the Spring 2016 or Fall 2017 editions, please use these credentials to log in. If you forgot your password, you can reset it by requesting a new password in the login screen.

Who has to register and why?
Registration is open to all students, librarians, professors and deans from all academic institutions worldwide. Registering allows your institution to operate as a virtual team, so your school can compete with institutions around the world.

I am a professor or librarian and I want to promote the EAC, do I have to register?
You don’t have to register if you want to promote the EAC, only if you want to play. The EAC Educators toolkit is available here. But, we recommend you register even if you don’t play. This will allow you to follow the progress of all players. See which of your students climb to the leaderboard ranks, and how your institution performs compared to other institutions from all over the world.

I want to organize an event. How can I do that?
If you want to organize an event for your students to play, just download the EAC Educators toolkit. The Best Practices Guide includes tips on organizing an event. Elsevier can provide you with giveaways. Please contact us at eac@elsevier.com

Why should our faculty join the EAC?
In August 2018 we will discuss the challenge and value of game based learning in a webinar hosted by Daniel Christe, Research Associate - Drexel Mechanical Engineering and Innovation Advisor to Elsevier. The webinar will contain demos and an explanation of the value of the EAC to students, faculty librarians and educators.

Can I form a team to play the Engineering Academic Challenge?
Yes, you can. After you have registered, you can create a team and invite four other fellow students to join your team. Teams can include members from more than one university. Your scores combined make your team score. 

When does the challenge begin and when will new Challenges be posted?
The first challenge begins on Monday, September 10, 2018, at 9:00 am Central European Time/ 3:00 am Eastern Standard Time.
Every week the challenge ends on Sunday, at 11:00 pm CET / 5:00 pm EST.
All subsequent Challenges will be posted on Monday at 9:00 am CET / 3:00 am EST.

How does the Engineering Academic Challenge work?
A new 5 question challenge will be posted each week. After you log-in, the current challenge will be presented.
Read the question, and then click the button to search for your answer in Knovel or Engineering Village.
Use the challenge navigation buttons to get back to the question and answers.
Choose and submit your answer and repeat this for the other 4 questions.

What important technical things do I need to know?
>Do not use the Back/Forward/Refresh options of your browser. Once you do this, the challenge will be closed and you will not be able to finish the current week’s challenge.
>The challenge cannot be played on a mobile phone or tablet.
We recommend using Google Chrome as your default browser, as Internet Explorer does not support the challenge completely.
You have 60 minutes to play each challenge.
If you encounter any problems, please send an e-mail towards eac@elsevier.com
If your school has an Engineering Village subscription, you will be asked to choose an organization when you want to search in Engineering Village (see image below). To ensure you have access to all content sources used in the challenge, choose the bottom one, named "Engineering Academic Challenge Access, TICURL Access'.

How many questions will I need to answer?
4-5 questions per week

What search tool(s) can I use
Free access to Engineering Village’s Compendex database and Knovel is provided to every participant & every question is answerable using these toolsets

How do I search for and answer questions?
Once you begin a Challenge, you’ll notice a Knovel or Engineering Village button on the upper right that opens that platform where you can conduct your research. In order to answer a question, you must have conducted your search within the Knovel or Engineering Village Compendex tool. Once you have found the answer you want to submit, click on “Back to Challenge” and submit your answer.

What happens after I submit the answer to the last question of a challenge?
You will see a screen that provides feedback on your accuracy. 

Can I compete as an individual or as part of a team
You can play the Engineering Academic Challenge individually or as part of a team (with 3 to 5 players).

Will there be winners?
Yes! For each Challenge, the 3 participants with the highest scores will be that week’s winners. The students with the highest accumulation of points at the end of the challenge will be the EAC winner. 

How does scoring work?
Players will be awarded 100 points for every correct answer. You have 60 minutes to play each challenge. Whatever time is remaining from the 60 minutes at submission will be added in points to your challenge score. Additional points are given when you participate in the optional design challenge.

How do I know what my score is?
After you complete the Challenge, you will see your points and correct answers for that challenge immediately. You'll also be able to see your individual and cumulative challenge scores on the leaderboard after each challenge.

How will I know if I win?
Your username and uploaded photo will be posted on the leader board, and you will be mentioned in the weekly EAC email and social media updates.

What do I get if I win?
Grand Prize (The highest cumulative score over the whole EAC): $100 Amazon gift card
2nd Place: $60 Amazon gift card
3rd Place: $40 Amazon gift card
Design Challenge: $100 Amazon gift card
Weekly winner (The highest score for the week): $50 Amazon gift card
Weekly 2nd Place: $30 Amazon gift card
Weekly 3rd Place: $20 Amazon gift card

Who makes the questions for the Engineering Academic Challenge?
In addition to questions written by our internal engineering experts, we invite contributions from the global engineering librarian community and engineering student ambassador.

Lead designer is Daniel Christe, Research Associate - Drexel Mechanical Engineering and Innovation Advisor to Elsevier.

Do I have to use Knovel and Engineering Village
No, but Elsevier does reserve to disqualify participants if we suspect improper play. Specifically, this challenge is designed to teach good search and discovery practices. If we suspect that you are simply sharing answers and not taking advantage of the search tools available, we may disqualify you. (But don’t worry, this has never happened in the past).