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building future generations of design thinkers.

Bright Spark is Bridge Innovate's® social innovation designed to ignite creative confidence with students and educators using design thinking.

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

 

Timeline (2019-2020)

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2019-2020 Bright Spark Membership

Scroll down to see the list of features and sign up before August 31, 2019 to participate in this year’s Invention Challenge.

 
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Impact

Teachers annually report their students 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.

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What membership offers

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Invention Challenge

Register by August 31st to participate.

SEPTEMBER 1 – SEPTEMBER 30, 2019
FREE FOR BASIC MEMBERS

Calling all inventors! Individuals and student teams submit a video pitch showcasing the prototype of your best invention by September 30th. Public voting determines the finalists and a judging panel selects a winner from the finalist group. Winner is presented at the 2019 Spirit of Innovation Awards.

•View previous pitch videos here

It was a wonderful opportunity for students to learn and grow in problem-solving methodology while receiving positive and meaningful feedback from industry professionals.”
— Hannah Williams, Baylor School
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Design Competition

JANUARY 1 – FEBRUARY 29, 2020
INCLUDED WITH BASIC+ AND PREMIUM MEMBERSHIP

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.

The Bright Spark Design Competition presented my students with an opportunity to creatively problem-solve with real-life parameters that not only impact the Chattanooga area but many other communities around the country. It is an opportunity for them to think and design on a local scale than apply the solution to a larger context.” - David Burghy, Columbus College of Art & Design
— David Burghy, Columbus College of Art & Design
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Sprintbase School Challenge

INCLUDED WITH PREMIUM MEMBERSHIP

Ever wanted to improve your school cafeteria experience? Or make parent-teacher conferences better? During the Sprintbase School Challenge, schools will create their own specific school-based challenge and form teams around it using the virtual design thinking platform, Sprintbase. Teams will submit their solutions in video format and a judging panel will select the winners, awarding them with a cash prize!

 

High School Innovation Summer Sprint hosted by Bright Spark

In July of 2019 High school participants formed teams to tackle a week-long real-world challenge through the application of Design Thinking tools such as ExperiencePoint™’s ExperienceInnovation | Aware, a workshop that provokes fresh ideas to address a meaningful problem or opportunity, and a virtual design thinking innovation software, Sprintbase™.

Watch the video to learn more.


 
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Tools

INCLUDED WITH BASIC, BASIC+ AND PREMIUM MEMBERSHIP

The Bright Spark Tools are designed to facilitate learning of design thinking for 5th - 12th graders. Using these design thinking tools, participants learn the design thinking method, develop fundamental skills of observing, brainstorming, prototyping, and acquire creative confidence. Along with these skills, students build experience working in a highly collaborative environments and solving complex problems with critical thinking techniques.

 
 

Bright Spark Sponsor and Partner Community

Invest in the next generation of innovators.

With your help, dozens of students will be able to participate in Bright Spark programs. Immersive design challenges help students build creative confidence, critical thinking, and empathy skills to prepare them for the job market of the future.

Ways to invest in the next generation of creative leaders:
- Learn about Sponsorship Opportunities here
- Lend your time and insights as a Bright Spark Champion

In addition to making it possible for students to experience game-changing design challenges, sponsoring organizations also receive:
- Program, social media, and website recognition
- Judging positions
- Mentorship and speaking opportunities

 
 
 
 
 

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