The 293 SPIKE MAKE-A-THON is a one week engineering-design challenge for teams of 2-5 competitors. The competition is open to people of all ages and ability levels, and is a key feature of 293 SPIKE’s Inspiration initiative.
Teams of 2-5 people will be able to register for a small registration fee. The challenge will be given at a kick-off event, currently scheduled for Saturday, September 21st, at Hopewell Valley Central High School. Teams will be given facilities for the rest of the day, to create a collaborative environment for teams to brainstorm together or separately.
One week later, teams will reconvene for the wrap-up event to present their ideas, designs, and/or prototypes in an expo setting. A panel of judges will circulate the expo and select winning solutions.
Please keep in mind that more details will be revealed, and the details above are subject to change. Check back with this site for updates, and sign up for the interest list to get email updates.
Engineering with a Purpose
Besides being a fun community event, the 293 SPIKE MAKE-A-THON serves 293 SPIKE’s Inspiration efforts, which aim to increase awareness and interest in STEM and extend the benefits of STEM in its community. By not only being available to high school age groups, but also to middle school students, elementary school students, and adults who aged out of FIRST or have never been exposed to FIRST, the Make-a-thon engages completely new groups in FIRST. This will hopefully form lasting connections with people, inspiring them to become involved in FIRST or community STEM in general.
The 293 SPIKE MAKE-A-THON not only aims to bring a diversity of age into local STEM, but also to make STEM available to communities that would not otherwise have access to it. 293 SPIKE plans on supporting its participants in as many ways as possible, including waving the registration fee for teams that demonstrate need.
Finally, the design challenge itself will pertain directly to a societal problem and will be conceived in conjunction with a nonprofit or social organization. Currently, 293 SPIKE is working with HARK, an ALS non-profit that aims to ease the lives of those living with an ALS patient.
Overall, the 293 SPIKE MAKE-A-THON will further serve 293 SPIKE’s core value of pushing for better. We will better ourselves through an engineering design challenge, we will better community STEM by making that challenge accessible to everyone, and we will better our greater community building our challenge around kindness, generosity, and gracious professionalism.