Polytechnic student teams to compete in technical design contest for $10K in prizes, scholarships

Purdue Polytechnic Design & Innovation Challenge

The public is invited to vote for the Crowd Favorite, with that winner receiving $500.

WEST LAFAYETTE, IND. – The public is invited to join Purdue University students, faculty and staff in the Knoy Hall lobby at 12:20 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, for the Purdue Polytechnic Design & Innovation Challenge. The Design & Innovation Challenge is the culminating event for students enrolled in Design Thinking in Technology (TECH 12000) and Prototyping Technology for People (TECH 34000) courses, which are the “bookend” classes for the Polytechnic’s Design and Innovation Minor.

“The 2018 Design & Innovation Challenge will spotlight students in two of our courses dedicated to innovative problem-solving,” said Nathan Mentzer, associate professor of engineering-technology teacher education in the Department of Technology Leadership & Innovation at Purdue Polytechnic. “‘Design Thinking in Technology’ students address open-ended, local problems with global significance, such as Advanced Personalized Learning (the practice of customizing teaching methods to each student’s preferred learning style), and devise solutions for those challenges. ‘Prototyping Technology for People’ students devise products that solve problems and then create prototypes of their products. They continue to refine their products by incorporating comments and feedback from consumers who test the products.”

By showcasing their innovative designs and pitching their problem-solving, technological ideas, teams will compete for four prizes that include cash and scholarships to enroll in the Polytechnic Design and Innovation Minor. First and second place teams from TECH 12000 will receive $5,000 and $3,000, respectively, to be split among team members. The first place team from TECH 34000 will receive $2,000, split among team members. Audience members will decide the winner of the Crowd Favorite award, worth $500 cash to the winning team. Winning teams will be announced during the Dec. 6 event at 1:05 p.m.

The Purdue Polytechnic Design & Innovation Challenge is sponsored by Autodesk Education and the Purdue Polytechnic Design & Innovation Minor.


About the Design & Innovation Minor

The Design & Innovation Minor is 15 credits, with a core sequence of three courses: TECH 12000 (Design Thinking in Technology), TECH 22000 (Designing Technology for People) and TECH 34000 (Prototyping Technology for People). TECH 22000 is offered in the spring semester and is the next step for students pursuing the minor after Tech 12000. More information can be found online at polytechnic.purdue.edu/degrees/design-and-innovation-minor.

About Purdue Polytechnic Institute

The Purdue Polytechnic Institute is one of 10 academic colleges at Purdue University, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in a range of disciplines: aviation, computing, construction management, engineering technology, technology leadership and technology education. In addition to Purdue University’s main campus in West Lafayette, Indiana, Purdue Polytechnic offers select degree programs in nine Indiana communities.

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