What is the Design Challenge?
The SourceAmerica Design Challenge is a national engineering competition in which participants create innovative workplace technologies for people with disabilities. The innovations enhance employment options and increase productivity in the work environment. There are two levels, one for high school and one for college.
Student teams collaborate with a nonprofit agency that employs people with disabilities, and/or work directly with an individual who is experiencing difficulties in the workplace. The goal of this partnership is to invent a process, device, system or software that enhances productivity or helps an individual with disabilities overcome workplace obstacles. Inventions are evaluated based 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 and college 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 that increase workplace efficiency and revenue. In addition, agencies often receive positive media coverage for working with their communities and finalist agencies receive monetary awards.