Registration Now Open for SourceAmerica 2016-2017 High School and College Design Challenge Competitions

By SourceAmerica 08/02/2016

VIENNA, Va. — SourceAmerica today opened for its 2016-2017 high school and college Design Challenge, a national engineering competition to address workplace obstacles faced by people with disabilities. The competition is a service learning opportunity for student teams that incorporates science, technology, engineering and mathematics while empowering them to solve real-world business issues.

Students form teams led by an adult coach at the start of the school semester and pair up with a business or nonprofit agency employing people with disabilities. Students work with management and an employee with a disability who is experiencing an obstacle to full productivity. Their task is to devise a process, device, system or software that is custom-assistive, accessible and inclusive for the employee.

Teams submit a video and paper, which are judged based on their workplace impact. Finalists present their prototypes in Washington, D.C., to a judging panel and live audience for cash prizes.

Past high schools and universities have offered the Design Challenge as part of their curriculums or as extracurricular activities. For more information and to register, contact Charissa Garcia at or 703-584-3940. Visit and follow SourceAmerica on Facebook and Twitter.