Bright Spark™

BrightSpark™ is a social innovation initiative of Bridge Innovate® designed to ignite creative confidence in students and educators by utilizing design thinking, education workshops, coaching, and providing free online resources to help solve design challenges.

Students build critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills, as well as essential "designer" skills, which include empathy, brainstorming, creating, experimenting, failing, and trying again.

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Bright Spark Student Design Awards

Transportation of the Future Award Winners Announced

Over the course of the year, 20 teams of more than 150 students from 17 different schools across the Southeast, New York and Ohio competed in a Bright Spark Design Competition to create the "Transportation of the Future" using the challenge statement:

How Might We reimagine the transportation system of the future to move people and products more efficiently while protecting our natural resources?

On Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at Volkswagen Conference Center in Chattanooga, we celebrated our Bright Spark teams and presented seven awards to the winners. 

Congratulations to the following award recipients:

  • Bright Futures, Elementary School Best Overall -Rock Spring Elementary led by Ralph Keith

  • Bright Futures, Middle School Best Overall -Chattanooga Christian School led by Andrew Meador

  • Bright Futures, High School Best Overall -
    Beacon Academy led by Stevenson Pangkey and Tiffany Britt

  • Bright Futures, College Best Overall -
    Auburn University led by Ben Bush

  • Regional Innovation (Tristate Award) -
    Hixson Middle School led by Lee Smith

  • Inspire & Impact (Most Creative) -
    Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences led by Kelly Davis

  • People's Choice -
    Beacon Academy led by Stevenson Pangkey and Tiffany Britt



I believe Design Thinking is one of the most important and valuable tools I have given my students. If I can teach them to be independent thinkers and problem solvers who want to improve their world, the possibilities are endless!
— Bright Spark™ Teacher Leader