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Innovation Challenges

Periodically, Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology hosts Innovation Challenges to exercise students’ minds and creativity.

Students gathered in the Parks College rotunda seen from above

During the event, students form teams of three from different majors and disciplines and are given one hour to complete an impromptu challenge. Students can either form teams prior to the event or show up 10 minutes early and join others in need of teammates.

Challenges have included a wide variety of topics — from designing the tallest freestanding structure using spaghetti sticks to creating a “green” toaster box design.

Whichever team successfully completes the challenge wins a cash prize. 

Alumni or industry professionals who have competition ideas can contact Amy Preis at 314-977-8443 or

Previous Challenges

To view previous challenges, check out these innovation challenge books: