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Design Competition to Spark Innovation, Creativity Among College and High School Students

February 19, 2013

Efforts by Rose-Hulman to spark innovation and creativity among college and high school students will feature a fun-filled daylong design competition on Saturday, March 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the college’s Sports and Recreation Center.

  Encouraging Innovation: Rose-Hulman’s RoseBUD program is encouraging students, especially from underrepresented demographics, toward careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.

The free event, called SPARK (Student Projects Advocating Resourceful Knowledge), has been organized by Rose-Hulman’s RoseBUD program. It strives to promote growth for students in innovation and creative design through the use of teamwork, networking, and mentorship in an exciting and challenging environment.

“We’re striving to show students—tomorrow’s scientists and engineers—that careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are fun and interesting,” said SPARK Co-Chair Bryce Filho, a junior computer engineering major.

SPARK Co-Chair Heather Finnell, another junior computer engineering major, added, “The event organizers have found inspiration in Alan Kay’s saying that ‘The Best Way to Predict the Future is to Invent it.’”

Two-person teams from Rose-Hulman or high schools will have the opportunity to develop creative solutions for two interesting design challenges. The first design challenge (10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.) will be split into college and high school divisions, while the second challenge (1:10-3 p.m.) will have high school and college students working together on solutions.

Throughout the day there will be three guest speakers discussing innovation, effective design principles, and career opportunities in STEM fields. Among the speakers will be Bill Kline, PhD, Rose-Hulman’s dean of innovation and engagement. Rose-Hulman students will also be available to serve as mentors for the visiting high school teams.             

SPARK is being sponsored by Haliburton.

Registration is free for all participants, and all teams will be eligible to win prizes for their designs and enjoy lunch. These prizes will include an iPad and cash, and all participants will receive an event t-shirt.

Register by visiting before March 5.

The RoseBUD program hopes to encourage more students towards STEM careers. There is special emphasis toward broadening diversity among students enrolled in engineering.