M-DCPS Superintendent's Student Innovation Challenge

Your chance to win a
$20,000 scholarship

Overview

What is the Superintendent’s Student Innovation Challenge?

The Superintendent’s Student Innovation Challenge seeks to engage current high school students in identifying real-world problems and leveraging their knowledge, passion, and creativity to develop innovative solutions to large-scale issues currently facing our society.

Rules

Categories

The identified problem students wish to address as part of the challenge must be in one of the following three (3) categories: environmental, health, and social. A non-exhaustive list of potential topics within each category is provided as a guide below. Please note that students are not limited to the individual topics provided; however, the identified problem should align to one of the three broader categories.

Environmental

  • Sea-level rise
  • Red tide
  • Climate change

Health

  • E-cigarette use/vaping
  • Mental health issues
  • Infectious diseases

Social

  • Youth homelessness
  • Community violence
  • Bullying


Eligibility Requirements

The challenge is open to high school juniors and seniors enrolled in Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Students must work in teams of two (2) to enter the competition. Please note that student teams are not required to be comprised of two students from the same grade level or from the same school.



Competition Format

Round 1
Student teams will submit a 15-20 page paper/proposal that states the issue/problem (including the scale/magnitude, populations impacted, etc.), summarizes existing research, and proffers a potential solution. The proffered solution must be innovative, supported by relevant scientific evidence, and one that considers the practicality of implementation (in terms of cost, scale, etc.). Student proposals will be evaluated by at least two (2) individual readers using a rubric.

Round 2
The four (4) highest-scoring papers/proposals from each of the three (3) categories will advance to Round 2 of the challenge. In this phase, student teams will participate in a half-day workshop and receive “entrepreneurial pitch coaching” to prepare a 3-minute pitch that best frames the team’s identified problem and innovative solution. Pitches will be evaluated by a panel of five (5) judges on a rubric to determine the challenge winner.



Prize

Superintendent Carvalho will award three teams, one from each category, $20,000 for the winning solution. The scholarship will be divided evenly between the two students, $10,000 for each. Scholarship funds will be sent directly to the college/university/technical program in which the student enrolls for his/her first semester of post-secondary education.

Timeline

Important Dates & Deadlines

  • Information availability

    February 1, 2019

    Challenge information is made available on the Student Innovation Challenge website.

  • Submission portal goes live

    February 15, 2019

    Submission portal for papers/proposals goes live on the Challenge website.

  • Proposals due

    April 3, 2019

    Student teams’ papers/proposals are due via the submission portal on the Challenge website.

  • Finalists receive notification

    No later than May 3, 2019

    Student teams identified as finalists advancing to Round 2 receive notification and Workshop/Pitch Day details.

  • Pitch Day /
    Selection of winners

    May 20, 2019

    Workshop/Pitch Day; selection of winners.


Submission

CLOSED

FAQs

The Superintendent’s Student Innovation Challenge seeks to engage current high school students in identifying real-world problems and leveraging their knowledge, passion, and creativity to develop innovative solutions to large-scale issues currently facing our society. Working in teams of two (2), students will proffer innovative solutions that help mitigate or prevent a large-scale, real-world problem they have identified. Student teams may address any topic/issue they wish within one of the three (3) following categories: environmental, health, and social. Example topics may be found on the Challenge website. The team that presents the most innovative solution will win the Student Innovation Challenge.

Student teams will be evaluated in two phases. To enter the Challenge, student teams must submit a 15-20 page paper/proposal that states the issue/problem (including the scale/magnitude, populations impacted, etc.) they seek to address, summarizes existing research, and proffers a potential solution. The proffered solution must be supported by relevant scientific evidence. These proposals will be evaluated by at least two (2) individual readers using a rubric. The four (4) teams from each of the three (3) categories whose proposals earn the highest combined scores on the rubric will advance to Round 2 of the Challenge. In this phase, student teams will participate in a half-day workshop and receive entrepreneurial pitch coaching to prepare a 3-minute pitch that best frames the team’s identified problem and innovative solution. Pitches will then be evaluated by a panel of five (5) judges on a rubric to determine the overall Challenge winner.

The challenge is open to high school juniors and seniors enrolled in Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Students must work in teams of two (2) to enter the competition. Please note that student teams are not required to be comprised of two students from the same grade level or from the same school.

The Challenge will officially launch on February 1. When the information is posted on the Challenge website (http://challenge.dadeschools.net/). Student teams will be able to register and submit their proposals via the website from February 15 through April 3. The four (4) teams from each category that are selected to advance to Round 2 of the Challenge will be notified on no later than May 3. Students who advance to Round 2 will participate in the Workshop/Pitch Day activities, which will culminate in the selection and announcement of the winning team, on May 20.

Superintendent Carvalho will award three teams, one from each category, $20,000 for the winning solution. The scholarship will be divided evenly between the two students, $10,000 for each. Scholarship funds will be sent directly to the college/university/technical program in which the student enrolls for his/her first semester of post-secondary education.

Student teams must visit http://challenge.dadeschools.net/ to register and submit their papers/proposals. Teams may register online at any time between February 15 and April 3. Although a team may register online at any time within that timeframe, a teamís proposal will not be considered an official entry until the team submits their 15-20 page research paper/proposal along with the necessary forms signed by a parent/guardian. Teams may submit their proposals and supporting documentation until 11:59:59 p.m. on April 3.

To register, each team must complete an electronic form on the Challenge website. Teams must provide the: name, student ID number, grade level, school name, and email address for each student participating. The team’s name, specific category for which the team is submitting a proposal, and the paper/proposal title are also required.
A team will officially be considered “registered” for the Challenge once they submit their paper/proposal and supporting documentation signed by a parent/guardian via the Challenge website.

Student teams that submit proposals via the Challenge website by the April 3 deadline will receive a confirmation email that their application has been submitted. All proposals will be reviewed and evaluated to determine which 12 teams will advance to Round 2 of the Challenge (Workshop/Pitch Day). All teams will be notified of their proposal status and whether or not they advance to Round 2 on no later than May 3. The winning team will be announced at the conclusion of the Workshop/Pitch Day on May 20.

The Superintendent’s Student Innovation Challenge provides students with an opportunity to showcase the knowledge and skills they have obtained over the entirety of their educational careers. Because the Challenge ultimately serves as a capstone presentation, participating students will be expected to demonstrate proficiency in their writing and in the specific content area standards that align to the category in which they are submitting a proposal. Various 21st century learning skills, such as collaboration, communication, and creativity, will also be assessed through the Challenge.

Contact

If you have any questions regarding the Superintendent’s Student Innovation Challenge or require technical assistance, please send an email to: challenge@dadeschools.net