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PSU High School Innovation Challenge

Registration now open for Innovation Challenge 2016!

Theme: [Re]Fresh Our H2O

This program is open to all high schools in the city of Portland. Get the details here

The deadline for high school registration is November 13, 2015. Register your team. 

Required additional forms:

College scholarships. Students who participate in the PSU High School Innovation Challenge are eligible to receive a one-time $1,000 scholarship to attend the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science at PSU. Learn more

We are very excited about high school students. They tend to be uninhibitedly imaginative and strongly inclined to help people. They are also at an ideal age to challenge the world and imagine how things could be different. The PSU Innovation Challenge Competition is designed to excite both their creativity and goodwill.

This challenge is uniquely student-driven.  High school teams are paired with two or more PSU student mentors – at least one from the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science and another form another discipline. Mentors help the students conduct fieldwork for idea discovery, identify a problem that can be solved through design, and then refine their solution by applying the engineering design process.  Teams present their final projects at a final event before a panel of judges.

This year's theme is "[Re]Fresh Our H2O." High school student teams are invited to design technological solutions to address any problem facing humanity related to freshwater.

The recipient of the Audience Favorite award will be determined using a ballot developed by Engineering and Technology Management faculty and PhD students. At the end of the competition ballots will be collected and results were tabulated using an algorithm that equitably ranks all projects regardless of the size of the audience when they presented. This means teams will not be penalized if they are observed by fewer people - yet another example of using engineering and design to develop a creative solution.