Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is hosting a design competition next week for college and high school students. SPARK will feature four-person teams developing solutions for a design challenge that will be announced at the event.
SPARK is being supported by big-name companies including the Ford Motor Co.(NYSE: F), Interactive Intelligence (Nasdaq: ININ) and ArcelorMittal. The competition, organized by Rose-Hulman’s Building Undergraduate Diversity, or RoseBUD program, aims to promote teamwork, networking and mentorship among students. RoseBUD mentor Carlotta Berry says the goal is "to get 50 college and 50 high school students excited about engineering, design and team work."
The event will begin with an introduction on creative design practices by mechanical engineering professor Patsy Brackin as well as discussions about STEM-related careers. The school says students will also be able to watch the High School Autonomous Vehicle Competition, also taking place that day.
The competition is set for Saturday, April 30 at 9:00 a.m. at Rose-Hulman’s Sports and Recreation Center. Those who want to participate must register in advance.