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What is the SourceAmerica 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 they 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.

High School Competition

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. The high school teams work with individuals with disabilities to create custom-made assistive technology that improves their work environment. These projects can be devices, process improvements, software solutions or a system.

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College Competition

College students have the opportunity to experience a real-life engineering challenge and create a solution that significantly improves someone's job proficiency. The college teams work with enthusiastic and knowledgeable individuals with disabilities to create free, custom-made assistive technology that improves their work environment.

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Sponsorship Program

Sponsoring a team makes good business sense. As a sponsor of this STEM competition, you’ll get positive coverage that shows you care about your community—students, nonprofit agencies and people with disabilities. Sponsors benefit from exposure on SourceAmerica’s website and social media channels, in promotional materials and at the Finals Event. To learn more, download the program flyer.