Student Innovation Challenge




The ULTIMATE Ultimate Goal

“If invention is a pebble tossed in the pond, innovation is the rippling effect that pebble causes.  Someone has to toss the pebble. That’s the inventor.  Someone has to recognize the ripple will eventually become a wave. That’s the entrepreneur.” — Tom Grasty, PBS Idea Lab

Cultivating the skills to be a dynamic, disciplined team that engages in engineering and enterprise processes is the goal of all Ten80 programs.  The ULTIMATE ultimate goal is to help students understand that innovation is a process and to help every individual find his or her place as a contributor to and leader in that process.  Along the way, students will embody the idea that they should have purpose, not just more plastic.

Scope & Applications

  • Enterprise & Innovation Guide: Guide to applying the innovation process to any project.  It is included in Student Racing and Rover Challenge curriculum to introduce marketing, project management and business modeling.
  • Innovation Space 3-D:  An online course that applies the innovation process to a product made through 3-D printing.  It is also an introduction to 3-D CAD and printing.

What is the Innovation Process?

It is a process of purposefully combining these four elements: (1) the engineering process that requires (2) specific content knowledge and skills, the (3) enterprise process which is essentially prototyping a business and (4) leadership principles that are necessary to turn truly innovative ideas into reality.


National STEM League

The Innovators-in-Training Challenge is a stand-alone series in the National STEM League (NSL).  Students work to prepare something for ‘market’; economic markets or the marketplace of ideas.  The Enterprise & Innovation guide is also included the curriculum for this series and for the Student Racing and Rover Challenge series to help teams manage and market themselves and to maximize their performance in the community outreach and data-driven design categories.

Download Enterprise & Innovation Flyer for additional details.