High school & middle school students across Green Country are challenged to develop solutions to real world problems in this Hunger Games themed virtual event. Limited Engineering Toolkits will be distributed for students to use to develop prototypes for their solutions. Students may then submit photos of their prototypes for a social media contest where they can earn prizes. There will be four challenge scenarios where students will develop a problem statement and then create a solution to the problem. This program is made possible by AAON.
Thanks to the generosity of AAON and our many wonderful volunteers, TRSA is able to offer Engineering Toolkits to students across the region. Through this program, middle and high school students get to design, build, and solve engineering challenges in a fun and competitive virtual environment.
Each student kit general prototyping materials to spark kids creativity and help them design solutions to real-world problems.
Kits will be distributed in bundles of 30- ideal for classrooms, or in smaller quantities for select groups. Individuals are limited to requesting a maximum of 4 bundles (120 kits).
Pick up for these kits is tentatively scheduled for October 19 at our office located at 907 S. Detroit Ave. Upon completion of the request form, you will receive a confirmation if we are able to fill your request and more details on pick up.
October 12 – 23 – Kit Pick Up / Delivery
November 13 – Contest Submission Deadline
November 16-20 – Contest open on Facebook
November 23 – Winners Announced
How to participate:
Participation isn’t limited to those who receive an Engineering Toolkit! Any student in Oklahoma can participate by creating prototypes out of materials they already have, or 3D renderings and sketches!
Use the Engineer Design Process to create a solution to a problem in one of the challenge scenarios. The best solution, as voted on by Facebook, in each problem scenario will win a prize!
- Pick a challenge scenario. Which of these are you more interested in or passionate about?
- Think of as many specific problems within that scenario as possible. Where could things be improved if there was only a device? Narrow it down and pick your favorite problem you’d like to tackle.
- Brainstorm as many solutions to this idea as you can! There is no idea too lofty or silly. Write them all down until you can’t think of any others.
- Do some research! What evidence can you find of things other people have tried to solve the problem you are most interested in?
- Pick the solution you think has greatest potential or you’re most interested in creating!
- Create a prototype of this solution. This could be a sketch, a clay model, a 3D rendering, a working prototype, etc.
- Scenario: Wildfires
- Problem: Devastation of vegetation and trees after the fires have come through.
- Solution: Drone that disperses seed bombs to help regrow plants that are native to that area.
These challenge scenarios are meant to describe a problem that both characters in the Hunger Games series face, as well as real people in our world today! Read through each of these and think about which of them speaks the most to your interests, which you already know a lot about, and which you’d like to learn even more about.
- Wildfires – Fires are a very real and current threat to those who live on the West Coast. They can ruin homes and cause injuries or death to people and animals. Where can you see areas of improvement in education/prevention, warning residents, fighting fires, animal rescue, clean air, rebuilding after, etc?
- Clean Water – Lack of clean water is responsible for more deaths in the world than war. About 1 out of every 6 people living today do not have adequate access to water, and more than double that number lack basic sanitation, for which water is needed. In some countries, half the population does not have access to safe drinking water, and hence is afflicted with poor health. What ways do you think you could help people access clean water, through large scale filtration or smaller sanitation methods for families, education resources, reduce, reuse or recycle methods, etc.?
- Storms – You may have noticed in the news that it’s hurricane season and we’re experiencing higher than normal rates, along with stronger storms. As an Oklahoma resident, you’re no stranger to tornados and the issues they cause our society. What issues do you see with predictability, safety, clean up, etc. related to severe storms and how do you think you can solve them?
- Connectedness – Due to the Global COVID-19 Pandemic, events or celebrations that have historically happened face-to-face are not always safe. Think about high school graduations, sporting events or even Halloween! What ways do you think you can help people feel connected in these challenging times?
Contest & Prizes:
Students can submit their engineered solutions for a social media contest. Student submissions will be competing against others in their same challenge scenario and we’ll announce a middle and high school winner in each.
Students must submit their problem statement, their idea for a solution and an image of their prototype to be entered into the contest. The best solution presented by one middle school student/team and one high school student/team in each challenge scenario will win an Amazon gift card. Students are welcome to create a presentation or marketing collateral to share more details about their ideas. This could include a flyer, a video, a slide deck, etc.
Engineer Design Process
The engineering design process is a series of steps that guides engineering teams as we solve problems. The design process is iterative, meaning that we repeat the steps as many times as needed, making improvements along the way as we learn from failure and uncover new design possibilities to arrive at great solutions.