Green Sparks: Student Design Competition + East Lake Park

On January 25, Bright Spark and GreenSpaces launched a pilot Student Design Competition. The Green Sparks Design Competition is for area middle schools. This year East Lake Academy, Normal Park Upper School, Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences, and Chattanooga Christian School will be charged with designing an outdoor classroom for East Lake Park. The design for the outdoor classroom must focus on improving water quality and sustainability in the park. At our Launch Event, students participated in an intensive simulated design competition focusing on sustainability. This simulated design competition allowed the students to learn the basics of the design thinking process as well as to get to know participants from other schools. Following the simulation, Jennifer Norton, a water quality expert for the city of Chattanooga, shared the basics of water quality with the students. She will be available throughout the competition to provide guidance for the teams. The students took a short bus ride to East Lake Park from the Bright Spark Studio. Students began to gather inspiration and develop empathy for their designs as they spoke to residents and explored the park. For the next several weeks, students will be meeting at their schools to continue the design thinking process. On March 15, teams will bring their prototypes to East Lake Park for feedback from community members and designers. The competition concludes on April 23 with teams presenting their prototypes at the Green Schools conference. Stay tuned for postings of new ideas from our student designers and updates on the competition!