Design Competition

January 9 - February 29 2020
Enroll by December 14 2019


Bright Spark Design Competition is a 60-day experiential problem-based learning (PBL) program for 4th grade up to college-level students designed to allow complete virtual participation.

Students apply a human-centered methodology to tackle a real-world challenge and utilize skills such as empathy, collaboration, creative problem-solving, and prototyping to generate innovative solutions. From kickoff, prototype review, final judging to Student Design Awards, the competition is packed with educational resources, industry professional engagements, peer-learning and reflection, and more. A diverse judging panel consisting of industry and educational leaders will select the winning teams. 

Watch this short video to see what it’s all about



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The Briefs

For the 2019/2020 design competition, teams will choose ONE design challenge brief.

Topics will be announced October 23rd.

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Brief Topic Option 1: Citizenship

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Brief Topic Option 2: Product

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Brief Topic Option 3: Student Experience


Awards and prizes

The awards will include Best Overall in each category of Elementary, Middle, High School and College-level, Inspire & Impact, People's Choice, and Sponsor's Choice. Each winning team will be recognized at the Student Design Awards and receive a trophy, a verified digital badge, and a $200 gift card. Leadership Impact Award recognizes outstanding educator leaders.

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Please contact us to find out more about this opportunity.


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Sprintbase School Challenge

Registration open now until March 15, 2020

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.

Design Competition

See highlights

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

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Contact the Bright Spark team
+1 (404) 437-7707

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The Design Competition is scheduled January 9 - February 29 2020. Participation is virtual. For full details and timeline please see above.


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