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3D Visualization & Animation Contest Information

Last Revised: 28 February 2019

See General Contest Information for information common to  SKILL CONTESTS. Please print a copy for your records.

Written testing for most contests will be held ON-LINE through your schools' Testing Liaison.
Testing will be open beginning Monday, March 25.
The deadline for taking the on-line tests is Friday, April 15.
No provisions are being made for make-up testing on-site.
NO Substitutions will be allowed this year after April 23th 5PM.
See the State SkillsUSA Director's Memo for the policy on substitutions and late registrations.

Each contestant will be required to bring his or her printed resume. It will be presented to the judges upon entry to the contest area. A deduction will be applied to your overall score if you do not have a resume.

PLEASE NOTE: Contestants will need to move in to the Convention Center at 4:00 Sunday afternoon to set up equipment and allow maximum time for the contest on Monday. No guarantee of equipment safety can be made, but a security guard will be on hand all night with orders to allow no one in Monday until State Staff arrive.


Schedule for Sunday afternoon:


4:00-5:00 -- All contestants set up equipment


Instructors: Please stay with your contestants until equipment is completely set up. Instructors will be permitted in the contest area only during the SET-UP times for their students.

5:00 -- All contestants leave contest area

Present this memo to security or State Staff as your pass to accompany your contestants to the 3D Visualization and Animation contest area only.

The contest will require the participants to create 3D animations and still renderings on their computer.


  • Maximum of TWO computers per team.

  • Teams consist of two participants who must be both HS or both Adult students.

  • No additional computers, laptops, netbooks, or rendering stations are allowed.

  • One 110 volt receptacle will be provided for each eight contestants.

  • Each contestant should bring a 25' extension cord and multi-outlet strip

  • Storyboards may be done with a regular pencil. Additional supplies are not required.

  • This year storyboard template paper will be provided.

  • No specific technical knowledge beyond 3D modeling, rendering, animating, and storyboards is required.

  • Flash drives are allowed and encouraged for backing up files.

  • Flash drives must remain in the contest area during contest.


The Technical Committee has requested that contestants dress in SKILLSUSA DRESS ATTIRE. Dress attire is judged at the beginning of the contest by the Contest Chairman or his designee. The penalty for inappropriate attire will 5%. Exceptions to this rule are made solely by the Contest Chairman or his designee.

Dress attire shall be considered to consist of either of the following:

a) Original/Official SkillsUSA Dress less jacket (white shirt, black tie, black slacks/skirt, black belt, black shoes, black socks/black or nude hose)

b) New Official SkillsUSA Regulation Attire for Drafting Contest (White SkillsUSA polo, black slacks/skirt, black belt, black shoes, black socks/black or nude hose).

Please attach prominently to your equipment a mobile phone number to contact for equipment removal.

At approximately 5:30 p.m. and when the judges have approved the tear-down, contestants and advisors will be allowed back into the contest site to dismantle, repackage, and remove all their personal equipment. Positive identification will be required. Contestants failing to return and remove their equipment as directed will be disqualified! Please bring your own cart to assist in the removal of your equipment.


Students and instructors should stay away from the contest area during the judging, as this distracts the judges and lengthens the judging process. Chairmen typically will want to brief contestants and advisors following the judging process. The information obtained at this informal meeting in or adjacent to the contest area may prove to be very helpful and contestants and advisors are urged to attend.


As agreed at August Conference each instructor is requested to secure a minimum of $50.00 in prizes for each student that you bring to the State SkillsUSA Championships. Please contact   for details and to let him/her know of industry awards you have secured.  I know many of you have already been hard at work securing the awards. These awards should be labeled with the name, address, and contact person for the donating industry so that the contestant they are awarded to can send an appropriate expression of his or her appreciation.


The contest will consist of an online SkillsUSA (PDP) knowledge test, online written test covering knowledge of animation concepts, and a practical test involving development of 3D images and animation. The written test will contribute 20% to the total score and 80% will be divided among the various practical tasks as assigned by the Technical Committee. The SkillsUSA knowledge test will be used as a tie-breaker only, which is consistent with National SkillsUSA competition.

Specific scores:

Standard Planning & Teamwork 100
Standard Design & Modeling 250
Standard Textures & Lighting 250
Standard Animation Quality & Rendering 250
Standard Written Exam 150
Standard 0
Standard 0
Penalty Resume Penalty -10
Penalty Clothing -50
Maximum Possible Score: 1000
Total Scores:
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