Winners of 3rd Annual D51 Design Challenge

Winners of 3rd Annual D51 Design Challenge announced
Posted on 03/09/2020
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Grand Junction, CO – The Third Annual District 51 Design Challenge on Wednesday, March 4, brought together seven teams for an evening of innovative concepts and cash prizes to get the student teams' ideas off the ground and into our community.

This year, seven teams participated: two teams from Tope Elementary, two teams from New Emerson Elementary, and one team from each of the following schools - Orchard Avenue Elementary, East Middle School, and Central High School. Each team won the “Solutionary Mindset” award of $300 to serve as seed money to get their projects off the ground. The Innovation and Audience Awards gave students additional $500 towards implementing their proposals. The overall winner of the Innovation Award chosen by the panelists was Mandala Bleiberg from East Middle School with a proposal to build a pump track in order to get more students outside. Central High School’s team won the Audience Award for figuring out how to raise funds for their AMPED (Algebra, Manufacturing, Processes, Entrepreneurship, and Design) class.

Each year, students participating in the Design Challenge pick a community problem, brainstorm real solutions as a team, and present the resulting ideas to a panel of experts, parents, teachers, peers, and community members. This year’s theme was “Building a Better World” and focused on innovative thinking and community engagement. 

The goals of the Design Challenge include engaging students in meaningful and personally relevant experiences, equipping them with a strong collective voice, and empowering them to create and implement innovative strategies that build a strong community. Prizes will be awarded for each innovative solution. 

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