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Monthly Innovation Challenge

Monthly Innnovation Challenge

Every first Wednesday of the month the Innovation Challenge hosted by Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology exercises students’ minds and creativity.

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 $600.

Alumni or industry professionals who have competition ideas can contact Rachel Rimmerman at 314-977-8443 or

The Monthly Innovation Challenge is sponsored by the Parks College Dean's Office and the University Innovation Fellows. 

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