By DE Editors
The contest challenges students worldwide to submit their designs for a new product concept, a new perspective on an existing one, or a work of art or architecture. The winners were selected from an international pool of nearly 700 entries by a panel of experts from the design engineering fields.
Dimension is awarding a $2,500 scholarship to each first place winner in the categories of Middle/High School Engineering, College Engineering, and Art & Architecture. Second and third place winners will each receive a $1,000 scholarship. This year’s contest also featured two bonus award categories in which students competed for a $250 cash prize. The first bonus category asked students to rework the design of an existing famous building or bridge. The second bonus category challenged students to create an intriguing puzzle or game.
Instructors of the three first-place student winners receive a laptop computer for use in the classroom. Since the contest began seven years ago, more than $65,000 in scholarships has been awarded to students. Designs have been evaluated based on creativity, usefulness, part integrity and aesthetics.
The winners are:
University Engineering Category
- 1st place — Prone Stander: Jeremy Prince, Tennessee Tech University, Cooksville, TN. Prince says he became inspired when a local elementary school purchased an assisted stander (called a commercial prone stander) to help build leg muscle for a young student with cerebral palsy (CP). Prince’s redesign improves adjustability and functionality of the prone stander, allowing children with CP to be comfortable and accommodated.
- 2nd place — Quadrarotor: Christopher Kennedy, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL.
- 3rd place — Desk2go: David Di Giuseppe & Arash Nouraee, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Art and Architecture Category
- 1st place — Flip ‘n Slip: Dov Feinmesser & Aaron Hendershott, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This multi-functional children’s chair can be configured various ways: as a chair that can rock back and forth, as a lounger, or as a slide. The device can also become a table surface.
- 2nd place — Generative Light Fixture: Christopher Johnson, Boston Architectural College, Boston.
- 3rd place — Frozen Moment: Gao, Ontario College of Art and Design, Scarborough, Ontario, Canada.
Middle/High School Engineering Category
- 1st place — Doorstop: Elliott Wilm, Hinsdale Central High School, Hinsdale, IL. This hidden doorstop at the bottom of the door acts as a dead bolt, ensuring ease of use and control without an unappealing appearance. While using a piston and cam system, Wilm created a track for a rod to slide up and down when turning the knob, a design meant for a functional purpose.
- 2nd place — U-watch: Arthur Dabrowski, John Paul II High School, London, Ontario, Canada.
- 3rd place — Universal Socket: Mason Stillman, Campbell County High School, Gillette, WY.
- Building or Bridge Redesign Winner: Eco-Friendly Bird’s Nest Stadium Jeeven Farias, Morris Hills High School, Rockaway, NJ.
- Puzzle or Game Winner: Puzzle Sphere: Kyle WilkinsonTerre Haute South High School, Terre Haute, IN.
For full descriptions and supporting artwork of designs, visit Extreme-redesign/2011-Winners.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.