Feb 22, 2021

High School Innovation Challenge

  • Crimson Education
  • Engineering Building, 1930 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201
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The Portland State University High School Innovation Challenge allows students to be imaginative and design technological solutions to address important scientific issues that we face as a society. Students have the opportunity to drive the project themselves and work together in a creative and humanitarian spirit to tackle relevant large-scale problems.

The challenge is student-driven; teams are paired with PSU student mentors to conduct fieldwork, identify a problem, and design a solution by applying the engineering design process. To showcase their work, students present their solutions at a final event before a panel of judges. This innovation challenge distinguishes itself from other STEM opportunities by highlighting the humanitarian impact of engineering, and how its application can have a profound impact on society.

Furthermore, participants of the PSU High School Innovation Challenge are eligible to receive a $1,000 scholarship to attend the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science at PSU.

Type of Opportunity

Extracurricular Activity

Application Deadline


Age Range




Open to all high school students in the city of Portland, US.

Participation Cost


Based in Portland State University, conduct field work and design solutions, present at a final event.

Minimum Technical Skill Needed


Skills for the scientific process, engineering, and solution design.

Time Commitment


Conduct field work and create solutions, presentation at a final event before a panel of judges.

Application Process Includes

  • Inquiry at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfWS6YE2uy5fgk6NQHR030U9iP0BAt3B4eJLjHGD8-uMdk0SQ/viewform