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Empowering a new generation of innovators
Each year teams of innovative young thinkers battle it out at the Panasonic Creative Design Challenge to see who can create the best robotic device for a chance to win scholarships for college. It’s a great way to learn, grow and have fun.
Overview video of the 2019 Creative Design Challenge - PANA H.E.A.R.T.
Where will tomorrow’s innovators come from? What will ignite their passion for science, technology, engineering, and math? How will they develop the skills they need to change our future in these areas? For many, a life-long journey of discovery begins at the Panasonic Creative Design Challenge.
The idea is simple. Engage and inspire young minds with a complex engineering and technology challenge. Then bring out their best in competition. In our Challenge, New Jersey high school students put their engineering and technical skills to the test, solving a real-world sustainability issue that takes their classroom learning to the next level.
Since the Panasonic Creative Design Challenge (CDC) was established in 1991, educators and team advisors have been saying it’s one of the most valuable teaching tools they’ve encountered in their careers. That’s because it challenges students in so many ways beyond STEM and taps into power skills like problem solving, communication, application of knowledge, teamwork, documentation, communication, and leadership.
The competition requires teams of three students to collaborate on the design, development, testing and performance of a robotic device, overcoming electrical and mechanical engineering problems along the way. To be successful, students will need to utilize and combine math, coding, design and engineering skills.
On the road to victory, teams will need to complete five key elements:
Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony immediately following the final challenge.
Hard work is well-rewarded at the Challenge. In fact, each year we give out more than $40,000 in scholarships to winning teams, and special category prizes to teams who succeed in specific elements of the CDC like Best Documentation, Best Design and Best Documentation, to name a few.
With each year’s challenge, we not only strive to keep it real, we strive to keep it green. Because preserving the planet is such a core part of our mission at Panasonic, the challenges we devise generally revolve around sustainable energy use, and teams are encouraged to recycle and use environmentally-friendly materials in their robotic devices.
The majority of funding for the Creative Design Challenge comes from Panasonic. But our long-term partner in this program, the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), also makes significant contributions and lends its prestige as a top engineering university.
In partnership with the university, three NJIT honor students are hired as interns to develop the Challenge each year. NJIT staff score the team written reports, and serve as judges for the performance trials and oral presentations of the Challenge. Additionally, NJIT serves as the site host of the Preliminary and Final Challenge competitions on their campus in Newark.