Engineering, Science & Computer Science Event - 6th, 7th, & 8th

MINDFRAME Grand Challenge: What is the American Dream and who defines it? A union is useless if people are absent, and as a part of the American Republic, the MINDFRAME TEAM is counting on you to preserve, nurture, redefine, and explore the concept of the American Dream. To rediscover this notion, take as much risk as possible to design and create your innovative answer and present your solution during the competition. Remember real ingenuity is a product of risk.

Driving Question: How can we keep the American Dream alive?

Challenge Context: We have recently discovered a new island off the coast of Georgia! Our governor wants to begin the process of creating a new city there. So, he has tasked you with thinking about the history of Georgia, Georgia economics, Georgia government and Georgia citizenry and building on this information to propose an ideal place! Each of the tasks below will allow you to explore one aspect to design and create a new place to live in Georgia. This context applies across all divisions and is applicable to all challenges.

Challenge Description

While much has changed in our society, school desks have not.  The past meets the present and the future as your team designs, builds, and operates a working prototype of a school desk for a 21st century classroom. 

Your team should research the history of technological advancements in America and consider why, in light of other societal advancements, the school desk has barely altered.  Your dedicated research will support your conceptualization for a new and improved product.

Notes to the Coach

This experience involving design and simulation teaches students to plan and collaborate while synthesizing ideas. Students get to experience the consequences of their decisions while exploring various layouts and designs including experimentation computer aided design (CAD) if desired.

Essential Question & Challenge Requirements

Essential Question: How can one change make a big difference?


  • Students will track the evolution of the school desk through the different eras (past/present/future)
  • Student’s will maintain a specific objective for building the school desk and how it may impact student learning.
  • Clear alignment with relevant GA standards must be evident in all of the following subjects:  math, social studies, ela and science.
  • Maximum of $100 may be spent.
  • No donations may supplement the $100 limit.
  • Rubric

At the time of presentation, the team will submit:

  • A written artist’s statement that outlines standards utilized and key elements of the idea.
  • Project journal, documenting the design process (see Resources for suggested design model) used for planning and implementation.
  • Receipts of all purchases.