What is the High School Design Challenge?
The SourceAmerica Design Challenge is a national engineering competition in which participants create innovative workplace technologies for people with disabilities. The innovations should enhance employment options and increase productivity in the work environment.
Student teams collaborate with a nonprofit agency that employs people with disabilities, and/or work directly with an individual experiencing difficulties in the workplace. The goal of this partnership is to invent a process, device, system or software that can enhance productivity or overcome workplace obstacles. Inventions are evaluated on their impact in the workplace.
Individuals with disabilities work with enthusiastic, knowledgeable students to create and receive free, custom-made assistive technology that improves their work environment.
High school students have the opportunity to step out of the classroom to experience a real-life engineering challenge and create a solution that significantly improves someone’s job proficiency.
Nonprofit agencies gain from student inventions, which increase workplace efficiency and revenue. In addition, agencies often receive positive media coverage for working with their communities; finalist agencies are awarded prize money.