Design & Pitch Challenges in STEM

Challenge - Operation Lifeline


During natural disasters, delivering essential supplies like water, food, and medicine becomes a race against time. This challenge becomes even harder when the supplies have to be kept cold the whole time so that they don’t spoil. In this Design & Pitch Challenge, you will find a workable solution for this important problem.

Get started on your Design & Pitch Challenge!

Setting the Stage with Your Challenge Champion


Challenge Champion Kris Ludwig explains your Challenge.

Read Your Challenge - Operation Lifeline


Read your Challenge Statement and get started!

The Challenge Context gives you more information about the background and real-work significance of the Challenge.

Tips from your Challenge Champion


Kris Ludwig is a scientist who studies how to respond to natural disasters. Watch this video to learn what experts like Kris think is important to consider when responding to a natural disaster.

Helpful Resources - Operation Lifeline


Explore factors that can affect the success of your solution.

The Challenge Guidelines instruct you on how to complete your mission for Operation Lifeline.

Student Instructions - Operation Lifeline


Read about what it means to complete a Challenge. This document will help guide you through the process.

Technical Brief


Not everything will be included in your pitch. Use this document to explain your process and describe your solution in detail.

Technical Brief Grading Rubric - Operation Lifeline


Use this rubric to make sure that your solution covers all the required areas for Operation Lifeline.

Now that you have an idea for a solution, how do you set it up for business success?

Key Business Proposition


This resource can help you get clarity about who your customers are and how your product creates value for them.

Business Models


There are many ways to run a business. As you think about how to make money on your idea, consider these different business model options.

What solution did you come up with for Operation Lifeline? Get help with your pitch here.

How to Build a Pitch


Use this resource to build an engaging, persuasive pitch.

Pitch Judging


Use this sheet to judge how well you developed and delivered your solution for Operation Lifeline.