Monthly Innovation Challenge

Every last Wednesday of the month the Innovation Challenge exercises students’ minds and creativity.


About the Monthly Innovation Challenge

Every last Wednesday of the month, Saint Louis University students have a chance to compete in the Monthly Innovation Challenge from 3:15 - 4:15 p.m. in the Rotunda at Parks College. Students must form teams of three from different majors/disciplines. The students are given an impromptu challenge and have one hour to complete. Whichever team completes the challenge successfully first wins $600 ($200 per teammate). The events are sponsored by the Parks College Dean’s Office and the aerospace and mechanical engineering department.

The goal of the competitions is for students to exercise their minds and creativity, just as they would their bodies. Challenges have included a wide variety of topics—from designing the tallest free-standing structure using spaghetti sticks to creating a “green” toaster box design.

Alumni or industry professionals that have competition ideas and would like to make recommendations can contact Rachel Rimmerman at (314) 977-8443 or

How to Participate

You do not have to be an engineering or aviation student to participate. Any SLU student can participate. Teams must consist of three members. Students can either form teams prior to the event, or just show up ten minutes early and the facilitators will match them up with others in need of additional teammates.

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