Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology will host a design competition next week on the Terre Haute campus. The competition involves teams of high school and college students developing solutions for design challenges involving Rube Goldberg machine concepts.

March 19, 2015

News Release

Terre Haute, Ind. — Efforts by Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology to spark innovation and creativity among college and high school students will feature a fun-filled design competition on March 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the institute's Sports and Recreation Center.

The free event, called SPARK (Student Projects Advocating Resourceful Knowledge), has been organized by Rose-Hulman's RoseBUD program, with support from ArcelorMittal, Halliburton, and Ford. It strives to promote growth for students in innovation and creative design through the use of teamwork, networking, and mentorship in an exciting and challenging environment.

Four-person teams from Rose-Hulman or high schools will have the opportunity to develop creative solutions for two interesting design challenges involving Rube Goldberg machine concepts.

There will also be lunch, free shirts for all event participants, and a discussion about careers in science, engineering, and mathematics led by Amanda Stouder, a Rose-Hulman alumna and a part-time visiting faculty member in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering.

Rose-Hulman students will also serve as mentors for the visiting high school teams.

Registration is free for all participants, and teams will be eligible to win prizes for their designs. Register by visiting by March 25.

The SPARK event has been organized by Rose-Hulman students Megan Chirich ( and Allison Pluger ( Persons can contact them with any event questions.

The RoseBUD program hopes to encourage more students towards STEM careers. There is special emphasis toward broadening diversity among students enrolled in engineering. Learn more about RoseBUD at

About Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Founded in 1874, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is dedicated to preparing its students with the world’s best undergraduate science, engineering, and mathematics education in an environment infused with innovation, intellectual rigor, and individualized attention. The college, located in Terre Haute, Indiana, has an enrollment of approximately 2,200 undergraduate students and 100 graduate students. A national survey of engineering department deans and senior faculty, conducted for U.S. News & World Report’s College Guide, has consistently ranked Rose-Hulman and its academic programs No. 1 in undergraduate engineering education. The Princeton Review’s Best 300 Professors book features six professors from Rose-Hulman—the only institution of higher learning in Indiana to be featured.

Source: Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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