Innovation Challenges #1

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This year entrepreneurs were part of the INNOVATION CHALLENGE!

In this challenge, entrepreneurs were assigned to build a structure with the given materials that could help the community by solving a problem. Each group was given 50 popsicle sticks, 20 wood clips and 30 binder clips. Every group was asked to find any problem that exists today and find a solution to it. Their structure was to resemble the solution to that problem. They worked for 45 minutes to complete this challenge, so they could take home the prize.

Here is the challenge sheet given to each group: innovation-challenges

After the time was up, the structures and a form explaining the structure was handed in. Every group’s structure and solution was judged based on four components: Creativity, Problem/Solution, Structure and Organization.

Here is the rubric we used: innovation-challenges-rubric

The entrepreneurs made a variety of structures for a variety of problems. There was structures from safer homes to robots that prevent pollution to devices that keep insects away from restaurants. Everyone did an amazing job.

In the end, there were two winners from the 3rd to 5th grade class and one winner from the 6th to 8th grade class. The 3rd to 5th grade class had a tie. Krish Jaiswal and Ricky Raval designed a robot that could pick up trash thrown on the ground and sort it if it was recyclable or just trash. Along with them, Krish Totala, Tirth Mehta and Arjun Airen designed a panel that would repel flies from restaurants to make the restaurant more appealing. Our winner from the 6th to 8th grade class was Sanjit Gunasekaran. Sanjit designed a bridge that would be low in cost and had a high-efficiency rate allowing third world countries to have safer bridges. All of their structures were outstanding. They all received a gift card to Friendly’s.

Entrepreneurs learned many skills while trying to accomplish this challenge. Cooperation, Communication and Teamwork were important skills that were necessary to complete this task. Along with that, students experienced the hardships that real entrepreneurs go through every day. Sometimes, obstacles get thrown your away that you didn’t account for, all you can do is work through them. Students also learned time management skills. In the real world, entrepreneurs are given time constraints and it is essential for them to plan and manage their time. Most importantly, the students learned how to find a problem and think creatively to solve it. That’s what being an entrepreneur is. They find problems and solve them.

This challenge was fun and I had a great time. I can’t wait for the next challenge! I’d like to thank Frugal Fun For Boys and Girls for inspiring this challenge. For more information about GGKLI’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Club click here!

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