2017-18 Event Coordinator: Professor Richard Bush, State University of New York College at Oswego

Shut the Box

Shut the Box is very old, dating back to the 14th century, and spread throughout the world due to its popularity on sailing ships. Many variations of this game exist.ShutTheBox_Image


  • The guidelines are listed below and the plans are viewable as a PDF.
  • NOTE: CAD drawing was UPDATED on 10/13/2017. Please be sure you are following the most recent plans.

Download a PDF of the plans: 2017-18 Manufacturing Challenge Plans

Download Manufacturing Contest Guidelines: Manufacturing Contest 2017


The manufacturing competition is designed to both encourage and reward the study of production technology as it relates to manufacturing. Each participating team must include college students from TEECA affiliated chapters. The teams must design, document, fabricate and implement a continuous manufacturing system to produce an assigned product using only the tools on the official list.

Evaluation is based on team performance, safety, craftsmanship of jig and fixture design, documentation of design efforts, and quality of the product. It should be noted that part of the competition involves a certain degree of problem solving skills, especially when creating jigs and fixtures. Teams are encouraged to be creative in the fabrication of the jigs and fixtures to optimize both speed and repeatability. Exploiting the creativity of each school will allow both the products and the jigs and fixtures to increase in quality. The use of CNC equipment, lasers, and automated systems should be encouraged if the schools have access to such equipment. Partnering with a company with such equipment is also recommended; however, utilizing the equipment should be a learning experience for the students. Selection and use of materials, equipment, or external partnerships should be well documented and defended during a presentation.


Team members MUST be student members of ITEEA and members of an affiliated TEECA college or university and must be registered participants at the regional and/or national conference. Documentation of membership is required in order to compete. Teams must have at least three, but not more than six, members. Each team is allowed one graduate student to participate in the competition.

Regional VS National Competition

The most notable difference between the regional event and the national competition is that the national event includes an oral multimedia presentation and review by industrial professionals. Both require pre-production and on-site production operations. All schools are eligible to participate at the national level.

Regional coordinators have the right to change the regional competition and / or venue to suit specific regional needs. Notification of changes will be made prior to the competition so that teams may have sufficient time to prepare for the event.

Product Specification

At both the Regional and the National Competitions, the product designed is to be used as a recruitment tool for technology education programs and must be small enough to display on a teacher’s desk. Teams may choose the appropriate materials for construction of their products. A rationale for material choice must be documented in the portfolio.


Pre-Production Phase

  1. Prior to the competition (and the conference), teams will receive a set of plans to design, produce and test a product. Teams will supply their own materials. Pre-production, off-site activities are limited only to the tools and machines available to the team.
  2. Operations to be done on-site at the conference are included at the end of this packet.
  3. Teams may choose appropriate materials for the construction of their products.
  4. College / university colors and logo / name must be incorporated in the design.
  5. Each team will develop and document a complete, continuous manufacturing (line production) system to include all items listed in the judging form (see end of document).
  6. Each team must provide a portfolio with complete and thorough documentation of all the pre-production phase work (see portfolio information).
  7. All teams should display a fair and honest effort prior to the event based on student work. Although faculty input is needed and sometimes necessary, the work should be that of students and not faculty. Due to the complexity, this is considered a learning process and any input from faculty should be noted in the portfolio and shared during the presentation portion of the competition.


  1. At the competition, each team will work in a designated area within the conference center. No laboratory facilities will be provided. The work must be done in the assigned area with only the tools listed on the official tool kit list. All teams must provide their own tools (see end of document for official tool kit list).
  2. The complete manufacturing system must be finished prior to arrival at the conference.
  3. Members of each team must be at the designated location at the announced time for the start of the contest (which includes the set-up phase).
  4. Teams may use computers during the set-up phase of the production run; however, each team is responsible for such equipment.
  5. One hour is allotted for set-up. Production will follow immediately. (See On-site Set Up and Production Run section for more details).
  6. Each manufacturing system will be tested during a scheduled production run at which time a specific number of products will be produced. Regional: 10 products (unless the coordinator notifies you of a change); National: 10 products.
  7. Judges will evaluate the quality and the efficiency of the production line, as well as the products produced. Judges’ scores are final and are not subject to review. If possible, a written review of the competition will be provided to the teams at a later date.


All items must be printed, organized in a binder, and presented to the judges at the assigned time. Each portfolio will require the following pages, in order.

  • Cover page: school name, conference title, conference location, TEECA Manufacturing Competition, project title, and dates of conference (including the year).
  • Table of Contents
  • Name and signature of TEECA Advisor(s), with email address(es) and contact phone number(s). Team roster with email addresses.
  • Listing of off-site participants and their relationship to the production (e.g., Billy Jones: drilled vertical pieces during pre-production run; Sue Smith: applied colored lacquer to end during pre-production run). Additional faculty names and level of participation. (e.g., Dr. Jonson: opened labs in evening, advised on safety considerations proposed by team).

Each team portfolio must present evidence of the pre-production process:

A.  Tooling: design and development.

  1. Sketches to show the development of each piece of tooling
  2. Tooling technical drawings (must be CAD drawings) in 2D and/or 3D form

B.  Tooling Rationale: why did you build it the way you did? (chip clearance, adjustability, safety, accuracy, materials used, etc.

C.  Product drawings

  1. Orthographic drawings
  2. Pictorial assembly drawings (exploded view)

D.  Operation process chart

E.  Flow process chart

F.  Pre-production process – please document all steps with photos and description

G.  Facilities / plant layout

  1. Pre-conference
  2. Conference (competition layout plan using 3-4 tables)

H.  Quality control

I.  Product material selection rationale

Each team portfolio must provide financial information about the product/production:

  1. Bill of materials
  2. Cost analysis to include break-even (include tooling costs; do not include labor or capital investment such as machines, buildings, etc.)

On-site Set Up and Production Run

  1. Each team will have a minimum of one hour to set up their assembly line.
  2. Each team must bring the necessary clamps, drills, bits, fasteners, and drivers needed to complete the assembly/product.
  3. The only power tools allowed during the production phase are cordless drills, cordless saws, orbital sander, brad/nail gun and glue guns.
  4. Each team must provide all parts needed for the final assembly.
  5. There should be enough finished pre-fabricated parts to make 10 finished products (unless more are specified prior to the regional event).
  6. Be sure to check the OPERATIONS TO BE DONE ON-SITE section below to ensure that certain parts will have final drilling and/or cutting processes needed for assembly which cannot be processed off-site. These on-site operations will need separate operation process charts as well as quality control measures identified.
  7. The event will be judged in accordance with the Judging Form.
  8. Safety is a prime concern of this competition and any violation of safety will have a profound impact on final scoring, with each notable incident having a ten (10) point deduction. Deductions can be from evidence found in pictures, documentation and/or the live competition portion of the event.
  9. Work on-site should be completed only by team members listed on the team roster.

Tools/Supplies Permitted During Production Run

  1. Drills / impact drivers and/or hand drills/screwdrivers (6 max.) and batteries (extra batteries may be used if needed).
  2. Drill bits, countersink, and driver bits.
  3. Cordless saw and batteries or hand saws (3 max.).
  4. Glue guns (2 max.) Any type of glue is permissible. Glue guns are not required.
  5. 1 Small power sander – orbital style.
  6. Hammers or Mallets
  7. 1 Brad / Finish Nail Gun
  8. Fasteners / Glues (you determine what works best for the material).
  9. Safety glasses (required for all members).
  10. Safety supplies (caution tape and warning signs to cordon off your work area).
  11. Clamps for attaching tooling to tables.
  12. Shop Vac (for cleanup after production run).

Tools for adjusting tooling


Presentation approximately 10-15 minutes per team

A.  Live Interview. Judges will ask a series of technical questions related to manufacturing in general and the product/processes specific to the completion.

B.  Multimedia (PowerPoint or similar software) (at ITEEA only)

  1. Pictorial/video depiction of processes during off-site phase of competition.
  2. Judges will select which operations they will want to see. Provide separate, viewable files for each operation/process.


A.  Disqualification results for the following:

    1. Failing to appear at either the presentation or production run.
    2. Evidence that an unreasonable amount of input was made by the instructors / advisors.

B.  The evaluation will include the following, based on a judging form provided.

    1. Pre-Production
    2. Portfolio
    3. On-Site Production Run
    4. Presentation
      • Live Interview
      • Multimedia Presentation (ITEEA ONLY)

Operations to be done on-site at the conference

  • Cutting the sides and ends to length
  • Cutting two rods to length
  • Drilling the four rod holes
  • Assembly of the game
  • Attaching game parts together (in a process that takes less than 15 min)

This information needs to be on the back of the game board and your logo goes on the front:


Shut the box can be played with any number of players. The object is to achieve a lower score than your opponent. Some people play a single round. Others play until one person reaches a set number, while others play a fixed  number of rounds (typically five). At the end of play, the player with the lowest score is the winner.

A player begins with all numbers (1-9) showing (flipped up), and rolls both dice. The player then “shuts” a single tile, or any combination of tiles, that add up to what was rolled. For example, a player might roll a 5 and a 4 = 9. This person could flip just the 9, or the 8 and 1, or the 7 and 2, or the 6 and 3, or the 5 and 4, or the 5 and 3 and 1, or the 4 and 3 and 2, or the 6 and 2 and 1.  They could flip any combination from their remaining tiles that add to nine. The player continues until they are unable to flip down tiles that add up to their roll.

When the player finally rolls but is unable to flip tiles, then the turn ends and the player’s score is the total of all the remaining tiles that did not get flipped. Then the next player restores the board and rolls as many times as possible, trying to achieve a lower score.

When there are fewer than six combined points showing on the remaining tiles, then the player continues with a single die.

If a player “shuts the box” (flips ALL NINE tiles), then all other players must double their score for that round!

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JUDGING FORM TO BE POSTED SOON (formatting problems)!

Materials and Personnel Required

  1. Judges for pre-production set-up, on-site production and presentation (at ITEEA).
  2. Tables as needed for the live production (3-4 per team)
  3. Calculator for each judge or a computer with spreadsheet software
  4. Measurement tools

Judging Criteria

TEECA event organizers will appoint several judges to evaluate the contest entries. On scoring items where qualitative decisions or subjectivity is required, the judges’ scores will be averaged. The judges’ decisions are final and not subject to challenge.

Contest Coordinator

If there are any questions pertaining to this competition please direct them to:

Professor Richard Bush – Lead Coordinator 2017-2018
phone: 315.312.3990

Questions will be discussed with other coordinators; a decision will be made and shared with all advisors whose school is participating in the event.