Category Archives: Contests & Competitions

Google Announces Million-Dollar Engineering Challenge

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Google is offering $1 million to anyone who can take a power inverter — a device used to convert energy that comes from solar, electric vehicles, and wind — and shrink it to 1/10th its normal size. Such devices are normally the size of a picnic basket, according to Google’s blog.

It’s called the Little Box Challenge, and it’s being offered in partnership with IEEE. According to the blog, “A smaller inverter could help create low-cost microgrids in remote parts of the world. Or allow you to keep the lights on during a blackout via your electric car’s battery. Or enable advances we haven’t even thought of yet.” The challenge requires teams to register by September 30, 2014 in order to submit a technical approach and application by July of next year. The grand prize winner won’t be announced until 2016.

U. Nevada Students Sweep National Concrete Canoe Competition

2014 National Concrete Canoe Competion

Sixteen civil engineering students from the University of Nevada, Reno recently took first prize in the American Society of Civil Engineers’ National Concrete Canoe Competition. It was the second national win for the university, and the ninth year in a row they’ve made it to national rounds, according to a UNR press release.

Their 17-pound canoe, almost 22 feet long and named Alluvium, competed for the highest scores in five different canoe races, the canoe’s aesthetics, a technical paper, and an oral presentation.  Second place in the competition was California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and third place was Université Laval in Montreal.

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Sikorsky Helicopter Prizewinners Turn to Superfast Bikes

This post was taken from eGFI (Engineering, Go For it!), an ASEE newsletter committed to promoting and enhancing efforts to improve K-12 STEM and engineering education. Video is courtesy of AeroVelo.

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Their human-powered helicopter hovered into the history books, staying aloft for over 60 seconds and winning the $1 million Sikorsky prize from the American Helicopter Society. Now, a team of University of Toronto engineering graduates and students led by Cameron Robertson, 27, hopes to create the world’s fastest human-powered bicycle.

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Spirit of Innovation Challenge

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The Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge invites teams of students to combine education, innovation and entrepreneurship by creating commercially viable products in sustainability to benefit humanity. They work in four categories: aerospace and aviation, cyber security, energy, and health. Currently the challenges are open to the U.S. and 72 other countries, and many students go on to patent and/or deploy their product ideas, receive honors from the White House, and appear on media such as CNN and PBS.

Winning students are not only named Pete Conrad Scholars, but have a chance at being awarded seed grants, scholarships, patent support, and other opportunities to turn their ideas into small businesses. For the first year, the competition is open to university students, college-age active military, and veterans ages 19-25. The 2015 challenge starts off with teams submitting an investor pitch from mid-August to mid-October 2014.

eams compete for a chance to be named Pete Conrad Scholars as well as seed grants, prizes, scholarships, patent support and opportunities to grow their solution into a real business.

The Conrad Challenge offers two levels of competition: secondary (ages 13 to 18) and post-secondary (college students and college-age active military and veterans ages 19 to 25).

- See more at: http://www.stemeducationnews.com/leadership/the-conrad-foundation-honoring-a-legacy#.U6iJbPldWSo

eams compete for a chance to be named Pete Conrad Scholars as well as seed grants, prizes, scholarships, patent support and opportunities to grow their solution into a real business.

The Conrad Challenge offers two levels of competition: secondary (ages 13 to 18) and post-secondary (college students and college-age active military and veterans ages 19 to 25).

- See more at: http://www.stemeducationnews.com/leadership/the-conrad-foundation-honoring-a-legacy#.U6iJbPldWSo

eams compete for a chance to be named Pete Conrad Scholars as well as seed grants, prizes, scholarships, patent support and opportunities to grow their solution into a real business.

The Conrad Challenge offers two levels of competition: secondary (ages 13 to 18) and post-secondary (college students and college-age active military and veterans ages 19 to 25).

- See more at: http://www.stemeducationnews.com/leadership/the-conrad-foundation-honoring-a-legacy#.U6iJbPldWSo

eams compete for a chance to be named Pete Conrad Scholars as well as seed grants, prizes, scholarships, patent support and opportunities to grow their solution into a real business.

The Conrad Challenge offers two levels of competition: secondary (ages 13 to 18) and post-secondary (college students and college-age active military and veterans ages 19 to 25).

- See more at: http://www.stemeducationnews.com/leadership/the-conrad-foundation-honoring-a-legacy#.U6iJbPldWSo

eams compete for a chance to be named Pete Conrad Scholars as well as seed grants, prizes, scholarships, patent support and opportunities to grow their solution into a real business.

The Conrad Challenge offers two levels of competition: secondary (ages 13 to 18) and post-secondary (college students and college-age active military and veterans ages 19 to 25).

- See more at: http://www.stemeducationnews.com/leadership/the-conrad-foundation-honoring-a-legacy#.U6iJbPldWSo