Bright Spark Spotlight: 2017 Invention Challenge


At Bright Spark, our hope is to spark innovation in the future generation, and that is our driving goal. Beyond our annual student Design Competition, featured in last month’s Bright Spark Spotlight, the Invention Challenge is another great opportunity to build creative confidence. Students put their ingenuity to the test by inventing a new solution to an everyday dilemma. This competition is free to enter and students K-12 are eligible to participate.

To join the challenge, students must submit their best new invention ideas by December 31, 2017 at 5pm ET for a chance to win the 2017 Bright Spark Invention of the Year award and $500. Finalists also receive a scholarship to attend Bridge Innovate’s Design Thinking Crash Course. Awards will be presented by SURGE Chattanooga on January 12, 2018 at the Bond Auditorium on the Chattanooga State campus.

Check out Bright Spark’s website to learn more about the Invention Challenge.

Design Competition Update

Registration for the Design Competition has closed, and we are excited to announce that we have 25 teams representing 21 different schools, with college level participation for the first time!

Listed below are the schools whose students will be designing the Transportation of the Future in the 2017-2018 competition:


The competition phase kicks off on January 9, 2018, and teams will be guided in the process of developing creative designs by advisors from Porsche, Intel, Coca-Cola, IBM and more.

Our aim is to design programs for students and educators to engage with community and business leaders to encourage cross-collaboration and learning. With the vast diversity in participants this year, adding college level for the first time and having teams from outside of the Tri-State area, we are making great strides for both the education community and the business community.

If you or your organization is interested in partnering with us or sponsoring a student team, please contact our Bright Spark Director, Mary Kim.