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

March 14, 2014

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Creative Spark: Rose-Hulman and high school students will showcase their design skills while solving two challenging competitions in this year’s SPARK event.

     Efforts by Rose-Hulman to spark innovation and creativity among college and high school students will feature a fun-filled design competition on March 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the college’s Sports and Recreation Center.

     The free event, called SPARK (Student Projects Advocating Resourceful Knowledge), has been organized by Rose-Hulman’s RoseBUD program, with support from ArcelorMittal and Halliburton. 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.

     Four-person teams from Rose-Hulman or high schools will have the opportunity to develop creative solutions for two interesting design challenges.

     Rose-Hulman alumni, faculty members and current students will participate in a luncheon panel discussion about elements of design, entrepreneurship and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. Rose-Hulman students will also serve as mentors for the visiting high school teams.

     Registration is free for all participants, and teams will be eligible to win prizes for their designs. Register by visiting http://dev.rose-hulman.edu/Spark/reg.php by March 20.

     The SPARK event has been organized by Rose-Hulman students Kayla Brosie (brosiekn@rose-hulman.edu) and Yashi Yadav (yadavy@rose-hulman.edu). Persons can contact them with any event questions.

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