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The Design Challenge

$1,000 in cash prizes

Network with industry members

Gain valuable work experience

Learn how to approach real world problems.

The iBoost Zone and SDZ present The Design Challenge – Solutions for a Virtual Lab. Gain transferrable entrepreneurial skills and provide input and direction in what YOU believe a virtual learning lab should look like.

The Design Challenge is a competition for Ryerson University students to provide deployable solutions to real-world problems. Students will be presented with a problem that the faculties are facing and will be encouraged to develop innovative solutions of a technical or non-technical nature. You will be supported by programming facilitated by the iBoost Zone and the Science Discovery Zone (SDZ). Solutions will be judged by representatives of the challenge owners and the top ideas will win $1,000. 

The first two challenges launched will be focused on chemistry and physics labs and how the learning objectives of the labs can be achieved through remote access. In addition to support from the iBoost Zone and SDZ, student participants will also have direct support from faculty members and teaching assistants.

This is an opportunity open to all RU students to work with FOS Faculty in designing a virtual lab for students. Participating teams are challenged to come up with solutions as follows:

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The challenge will focus on how to take specifically selected PHYSICS labs and put them in a virtual environment that ensures that decision making and learning outcomes of the labs are met. The end solution should focus on being an alternative that demonstrates the concepts required in the course.

Kick off Workshop: May 11 - 10 am - 1:30 pm
Workshop #2: May 15 10 am - 12:30 pm
Workshop #3: May 19 10 am - 12:30 pm
Final Presentations: May 22 - Time slots will be selected
Announce of Winner: May 24 - 12 noon

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THE REGISTRATION PERIOD HAS ENDED. 

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The solution will focus on how to take specifically selected CHEMISTRY labs and put them in a virtual environment that ensures that decision making and learning outcomes of the labs are met. The end solution should focus on being an alternative that demonstrates the concepts required in the course.

Kick off Workshop: May 25 - 10 am
Workshop #2: May 29
Workshop #3: June 1
Final Presentations: June 5 - Time slots will be selected
Announcement of Winner: June 7 - 12 noon

Please review contest rules, external link

SIGN UP BEFORE SUNDAY, MAY 24TH 2020 @ 11:59 PM

Contact

For questions regarding the design challenge, please be sure to contact iboost@ryerson.ca

FAQ

The main purpose of this program is to empower students with the opportunity to provide solutions to real-world problems from stakeholders from within or outside of the Ryerson University community. Some additional benefits include: 

  • $1,000 cash prize
  • Foster an entrepreneurial mindset.
  • Learn how to approach real world problems.
  • Network with industry members and gain valuable work experience.
  • Potential work employment
  • Soft skill development.

To be eligible to participate, the following requirements must be met:

  • Is a legal resident of Canada excluding Quebec; and
  • Must be a registered student with Ryerson University
  • Is each of the age of majority in Ontario

Participants may either sign up individually or as a team (minimum of 3 members to a maximum of 5 members). Participants that sign up individually or their team does not meet the minimum eligible team members will be placed into a team by the event organizers on the first day.

The timeline for the challenges is as follows:

Virtual Physics Lab (May 11 - 24)
Kick off Workshop: May 11 - 10 am - 1:30 pm
Workshop #2: May 15 10 am - 12:30 pm
Workshop #3: May 19 10 am - 12:30 pm
Final Presentations: May 22 - Time slots will be selected
Announce of Winner: May 24 - 12 noon

Virtual Chemistry Lab (May 25 - June 7) 
Kick off Workshop: May 25 - 10 am
Workshop #2: May 29
Workshop #3: June 1
Final Presentations: June 5 - Time slots will be selected
Announcement of Winner: June 7 - 12 noon

Solutions can be as high tech or as low tech as possible.