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Bright Spark Design Competition

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DESIGN COMPETITION (January 1 - February 29, 2020)

Student teams compete to solve a real-world challenge by applying design thinking. From kickoff, prototype review, final judging to design awards, the competition is packed with excitement and opportunities for growth. Teams submit a presentation, a prototype, and a video pitch that introduces their solution. Seven+ awards are given each year to the brightest students and educators.

View a video from last year’s competition here.

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Bright Spark membership offers programs for students 4th-grade through college to build design skills such as empathy, problem-solving, prototyping, and experimenting to innovate new solutions applying Design Thinking.

Teachers annually report their students to grow in critical thinking, problem-solving and collaboration skills—all while having fun. Students also grow in empathy. By continually practicing design thinking, students begin to more frequently see the world through the eyes of others.

Check out highlights from past Student Design Competitions:

  • 2018-2019 - Program partner, United Way of Greater Chattanooga, sponsored the challenge: How might we build connected communities to help students and families in need thrive?

  • 2017-2018 - Program partner, Thrive Regional Partnership, sponsored the challenge: How might we reimagine transportation of the future?

Contact Mary Kim, director of Bright Spark, at to learn more.

Register by December 14th