building future generations of design thinkers.

Join the Bright Spark™ Community.


Bright Sparkers are tackling real-life challenges and designing the future. Give students the opportunity to grow their critical thinking, collaboration, and “designer” skills—empathy, brainstorming, creating, experimenting, and learning how to fail fast to succeed sooner. Discover how get involved and enrich educational experience for students (4th-grade through college-level).

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Design Community Solutions to Help People in Need!
Open for 4th grade to college level

Register by Dec. 15, 2018
Date: January-March 2019

This year’s challenge: HOW MIGHT WE connect resources and services within and into our communities to help students and families in need thrive?

Form a team, gather inspiration and design new products to win! Education support, such as design thinking training, webinars and prototype feedback, are included.

Important dates:
- Registration deadline (December 15, 2018)
- Virtual team kickoff (January 2019)
- Prototype review (February 2019)
- Final submission (February 2019)
- Student design awards (March 2019)

Watch a video of last year's competition here.


Congratulations, COLLITE!
COLLITE from Chattanooga School for the Arts & Sciences are the winners of the 2018 Invention Challenge.

Congratulations to Brennan, Will, Tyler, and their teacher Kristin Burrus!

Thank you for voting for your favorite inventions during the public voting phase of the competition! With your votes, we were able to identify 10 finalists. From the top-10, our four judges (Geoff Millener, Matt Harris, Tim Walsh, and Allison Wolfe) selected the top three inventions:

Winner: COLLITE From Chattanooga School for the Arts & Sciences

In Second Place: Neon Book Light from Westwood Elementary School

In Third Place: The Silent Stair Backpack from Girls Preparatory School

More than 30 teams competed this year. Check out all their videos here.

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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:
- Sponsor a Design Competition
- Give resources as an In-Kind Sponsor
- 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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Educator Resources

Keeping our Bright Spark educators trained, equipped and informed with the latest tools and resources to ignite creative confidence in the classroom is a priority.

Access the following online resources:
- Watch and Learn Videos
- Do-It-Yourself Tools
- Open Sources we love
- Educator Workshop opportunities

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Incorporating the use of design thinking into my classroom is one of the most valuable things I have done for my students. It has made my students more independent thinkers and problem-solvers. They are learning that they can improve their homes, schools, communities, and the world.
— Martha Thomason | Lead Gifted Teacher - Westwood Elementary
Experiences like the Bright Spark Student Design Competition cannot be duplicated within a classroom setting. Very few other places do students have the opportunity to work alongside professionals, educators, industry leaders, and other students of all age and skill levels. This experience validates innovation on so many levels.
— David Burghy | Professor of Industrial Design and CORE Studies - Columbus College of Art & Design
Before moving to Chattanooga, I had never been exposed to design thinking. What the Bright Spark Design Competition and Bridge Innovate are accomplishing has been truly life-changing for me.
— Andrew Meador | Upper School STEM Lead - Chattanooga Christian School