As a way to practice for our competition I have created a practice competition that all students should attempt before Wednesday afternoon. It closely models the final competition that we'll be doing on Thursday. Now is the time to go through this exercise and ask questions about the requirements. I will not be able to answer specific questions on Thursday when the final competition is taking place - but this is a great time to work out any potentially gray areas you might have. The judging rubric can be downloaded here. The practice design specifications can be downloaded here.
The most important advice I can give is to make sure that you read the design brief carefully. We'll be going over the components of the competition on Monday and Tuesday in class and run the practice competition on Wednesday.