Ohio students, can you start a smile?

While learning continues in homes across Ohio, many young people have began looking for ways they can help. A new challenge asks students to support their communities, in a safe way.

Following on the incredible success of the “Name the Rover” essay contest, the national STEMx network offers a new opportunity for K-12 students, in partnership with Future Engineers. The “Start a Smile” challenge will highlight the creativity and commitment of young people.

Students, your challenge is:


ENTRIES DUE: June 1, 2020 | 6:00 PM PST

Submit your solutions here

Downloadable version of the design cycle.

Submit a photo and short essay (150 words or less) of your solution and be sure to follow the student privacy rules of NO FACES or NAMES in your photo or essay. Your invention could be physical, digital, visual, audible, low tech, or high tech, but it should only use items found around your home.

Entries will be taken through a new Future Engineers portal. This event is made possible by support from Battelle, the nonprofit research and development company which manages the STEMx network and the Ohio STEM Learning Network..

Parents, this could be a great opportunity to educate children on how the design cycle works. STEM workers like engineers use the design cycle to create new inventions.

More learning resources are posted to the challenge website along detailed rules and instructions. Now, meet two young learners who have already started working to Start a Smile.

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Once your entry is finished, help other people find the contest by tweeting about the problem you addressed to .

We can’t wait to see what you create!

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