The World Steel association has announced the dates of the 7th Challenge. Round 1 Regional Championship will be held 13 - 14 November 2012 and the event finishes with the Round 2 World Championship in February 2013.

There are two categories: ‘Student’ and ‘Industry’. Entrants in both categories will compete online from their own countries in the first round and the winners of the first round will come together in Belgium for the Grand Final.

The Regional Championship will take place online and will run for 24 hours each on two separate dates at 12:00 GMT, 13 and 21 November 2012: The task is to produce a given steel grade at a minimum overall cost using the Electric Arc Furnace simulation at and will be the same for both days. Participants can choose to take part on either or both of these days as individuals or in teams of a maximum of two people. They can make an unlimited number of attempts to achieve the given specification at the lowest total cost.

At the end of this round Regional Champions from the ‘Student’ and ‘Industry’ categories will be identified for each of the following regions: North America, Latin America, Europe-CIS, Middle East-India- Africa, and East Asia-Oceania. They will be invited to take part in the grand final in Brussels with full sponsorship provided for their trip.

The regional champions from each of the categories will compete for the title of World Champion at the World Steel Association in Brussels in February 2013. Leaders of the global steel industry will be present to watch the event unfold. World Champions in each category will be awarded cash prizes and a trophy.

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