IDEATE: Frequently Asked Questions
A team includes a coach and students. One of the students must be selected as the team leader. The team leader will register the team.
Your team is responsible for coming up with the project idea. It is strongly encouraged to reach out to your local nonprofit community to find a subject matter expert (SME) and come up with a worthwhile project. Pick one that is achievable and can be used by different people across a wide range of work settings.
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If you need additional guidance, just contact the IDEATE Team at IDEATE@sourceamerica.org.
Yes. Your team will need to supply all relevant files, including any code written. You must also provide instructions on how to use the software or invention.
There is no cost to join the competition! Once entered, your project’s cost can vary, depending on what your resources permit. Typically, your team is responsible for the cost of the project. If cost is an issue, please let us know and we’ll try to help!
Yes. There is no limit to how many teams a school can have. However, each team leader must register separately.
No. Students enrolled in any high school are eligible to join the IDEATE Competition. Additionally, students from different high schools may be on the same team. Community clubs and independent learners are also welcome to participate. Examples include 4-H, scouts, religious groups or social clubs, such as hackerspaces/makerspaces, and homeschooled students.
Yes. Once registered, you will need to find a project to work on in your community. If you can’t find a project contact the IDEATE Team at IDEATE@sourceamerica.org.
Yes. You can change your project at any time.
Yes. SourceAmerica encourages students to take advantage of SourceAmerica mentors/advisors and individuals in your community, and in your NPA who can offer additional assistance. The SourceAmerica Mentorship Program provides support and advice throughout the competition. To request a mentor, please contact the IDEATE Team at IDEATE@sourceamerica.org.
Each team will receive a monetary award. Details of the awards are provided in the rule book.
Judges for the Design Challenge comprise engineers, people with disabilities, and others with relevant backgrounds. They are responsible for evaluating the content of technical papers and videos. Projects are evaluated based on their potential impact on the workplace, not on their level of sophistication. Judges will rely on digital models, animations, prototypes, 3D CAD files or code examples, and videos to guide their decisions.
Finalists will participate in a live finals event. More details about this event will be provided to the finalist teams.
Yes. Please contact the IDEATE team at IDEATE@SourceAmerica.org for more details on how to participate virtually.