Design & Pitch Challenges in STEM

Challenge - Fix It: Design for Community Impact


In every community, there are problems that need solving or things that need improving. The most effective solutions are ones that meet the needs and desires of the community. If you pay attention and ask questions, you will notice what people want and what they’re lacking.

Entrepreneurs don’t wait on the sidelines for others to do the work. They jump in and use their energy and passion to make change happen. What can you fix in your community?

Get started on your Design & Pitch Challenge!

Setting the Stage with Your Challenge Champion


Challenge Champion Gitanjali Rao explains your Challenge.

Your Challenge


Read your Challenge Statement and get started!

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

Tips from Your Challenge Champion


Gitanjali Rao is an inventor and STEM promoter. Watch this video to learn what experts like Gitanjali think is important to consider when tackling your community's issues.

Helpful Resources on Identifying Problems and Building Solutions


Explore factors that can affect the success of your solution.

The Challenge Guidelines instruct you on how to complete your mission for Fix It: Design for Community Impact.

Student Instructions


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


Use this rubric to make sure that your solution covers all the required areas for Fix It: Design for Community Impact.

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 Fix It: Design for Community Impact? 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 Fix It: Design for Community Impact.