10TH ANNIVERSARY CHALLENGE & CATEGORIES
A Special Challenge for Students in 2020...
For the 10th celebration of our contest, we are aiming to not only invent to improve technology, but invent to change the world. Thomas Edison was a humanitarian - He did not invent to make money...he made money to invent! Edison had a unique way of linking technological progress to society's well being. He once said:
“My desire is to do everything within my power to free people from
drudgery and create the largest measure of happiness and prosperity.”
- Thomas Edison
Edison propelled his philanthropy through his business whether it was bio-manufacturing a new rubber plant when there were fears that the US would run out of the natural resource, developing low cost concrete houses to address housing shortages, or allowing the free use of his fluoroscope patent(s) for medical use.
This year, we challenge our students to do the same - Be an inventor and a humanitarian! Students will choose a cause that is important to them (i.e. alternative energy, natural disaster relief, children’s hospitals, animal welfare, etc.) and invent to create a solution for this problem that they see in the world.