Technology Solutions Competition


Sustainable Technology Solutions Competition

Date: December 3, 2019

Time: 5 - 8 pm

Location: TCAT Smyrna | 663 Ken Pilkerton Dr, Smyrna, TN 37167

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The creation of the Sustainable Technology Solutions Competition is a direct result of work by the Rutherford Works Tech Community. The purpose of the competition is to grow interest in tech careers and more specifically to attract non-traditional middle school “tech” students into Rutherford County high school CTE Networking, Cyber Security and Computer Science Pathways with the goal of increasing the number of students entering college and career tracks in the fields of Information Technology, Computer Science and Computer Engineering.



According to a new study released by the Tennessee Department of Economic Development in January 2019, the Nashville Metropolitan area has seen a 35% increase in the number of jobs created in the tech services career cluster. Nashville’s average annual wages for this industry cluster is $90,706 is 67% above the metro area’s average wage for all industries.

It is estimated that across the United States, 1.8 million tech jobs will go unfilled by 2024. Why? Because not enough students are studying in a tech services related pathway or program of study



  • 1. Rutherford County Middle Schoolers will be responsible for creating a sustainable technology-based solution for a given problem.
  • 2. A notebook, video, and live presentation will be created and produced by each participating team.
  • 3. Each team must have at least 1 teacher as the responsible party and can be made up of no less than 6 members. There is no maximum amount of team members, but please note that each team member must play a specified role in the project
  • 5. Each team will be given $150 to finance their solution. Teams cannot exceed the funding use of more than $250 on their solution.
  • 6. Points will be awarded for successful completion of tasks based on notebook, video, and presentation guidelines
  • 7. Each team will be judged on their notebook, video and presentation. ALL team members must have outlined jobs but all do not have to participate in the video or presentation of their team’s solution.
  • 8. The final top 3 teams will get to present their solution to our panel of sharks who will choose the winning team!


  • August 8th: Teachers begin building teams
  • October 1st: Problem released
  • November 22nd: Notebooks and Videos to be submitted
  • December 2nd: Notebook and Video scoring finalized
  • December 3rd: Competition and Presentation Day at TCAT Smyrna