Design Challenge Teams
Why Should You Participate in the SourceAmerica Design Challenge?
- Get real-world engineering experience by developing people-centered design solutions
- Participate in congressional advocacy to raise awareness of the challenges people with disabilities face in the workplace
- Improve the earning potential for people with disabilities
- Create a positive, lasting impact on community-based nonprofit agencies that employ people with disabilities
- Earn school credits
- Win monetary awards
How It Works
The 2020 - 2021 Design Challenge is a virtual engineering competition. As a Design Challenge participant, you will form a team; choose a project; design a technology to address that project challenge; then fine-tune and document your invention.
Instead of visiting local businesses, students will engage through a series of webinars and choose from a list of preselected projects. These projects range in disciplines from mechanical engineering to software development and will be available after registering.
The preselected projects have been chosen for their scalability across SourceAmerica's network of nonprofit agencies and their potential employment impact. Each project has been thoroughly reviewed and can be completed at home with limited access to sophisticated tools. Judging is based on design work that can be presented through 3D CAD files, 3D print files, animation, videos of simple prototypes, or code examples.
Winning teams will participate in a national virtual finals event.