Innovation Day 2020
We hope that you are all staying safe and are well. We would like to address your concerns about this year’s capstone projects and Innovation Day. In light of our current situation, it is clear that an in-person Innovation Day will not be possible. However, we are dedicated to pivot to a solution to address the social and technical constraints of social distancing, and still continue this educationally valuable aspect of our program. In light of true innovation, we have designed a virtual solution: an online, national version, Innovation Day 2.0!
What does this mean for you? We will maintain many of the same aspects of past Innovation Day including the same categories, project showcasing, professional judges and community building. However, in order to accommodate students at home without components, or even Arduinos, as well as projects at varying degrees of completion, we are broadening the types of innovations that may be submitted, to include software products, mechanical devices, and social campaigns. Innovation Day 2.0 will encourage students to focus more on their research, Design Thinking, and entrepreneurial skills, while integrating their visual and oral presentation skills into an all-new digital presentation! In place of the trifold presentations, students will build and submit a webpage and 3-minute “elevator pitch” video (don’t worry, we will give you the tools to achieve this: here is an example) to “sell” their idea. This shift will allow both the traditional Arduino based capstones to continue while at the same time broadening the types of innovations that can be included.
Here are the important dates to keep in mind. We are consolidating our regional Innovation Days into one day and extending the abstract deadline.
Abstract extension: April 6
Peer review: April 29 - May 6
Project submissions: May 6 - May 12
Judging: May 13 - May 25
Innovation Day: 2.0 May 26 time TBD