Yes. At this time, the current FAA requirement for UAV registration is slightly different than it was in the past.
If the aircraft weighs more than 9 oz. ready to fly, the aircraft must have a current FAA UAS recreational class registration.
Teams can register at the link below. Aero Design teams must choose the Recreation model aircraft type of registration (per FAA guidance given us for educational UAS aircraft), not the Part 107 registration.
Your pilot needs to take the open book test for "The Recreational UAS Safety Test" (TRUST) here:
After completion, print a copy and have it with your Pilot at all times. If you are using a volunteer pilot, make sure you have the document available for them when they are flying.
After obtaining your FAA registration number, please apply it to your aircraft as required.
While Aero Design rules do not mention FAA registration, it is each teams responsibility to comply with all applicable US laws and registrations when participating in Aero Design. Also, the FAA has indicated interest in the Aero design event and may very well attend to observe.