UNDERGRADUATE INNOVATIONS CHALLENGE: A DESIGN PROJECT COMPETITION
The inaugural SAME Undergraduate Innovations Challenge, a Senior-Design Project Competition, is underway. Nine teams have entered and are currently competing in Phase II of the competition with projects ranging from robotic arms to emergency radios and low-cost ventilation systems.
Participating teams represent the following schools:
- The Citadel
- Gulf Coast State College
- Worcester Polytechnic
- Florida State
This competition is aimed at showcasing the work that our SAME student members are doing in their senior-level capstone projects and focuses on their ability to effectively communicate the importance of the work they’re doing and their design and build process. The top three teams will be notified by May 10th and will then compete to see who is the overall winner.
Our SAME student members represent the next generation of innovative STEM thinkers ready to take on society’s challenges. For this reason, the Society is proud to be sponsoring this competition where the students are identifying and recognizing the next great ideas.
To find out more about the competition and get a preview of the entries, visit the Competitions page.
Forum on Student Members and Chapters, August 18-20, 2020
The SAME 2025 strategic plan calls on the Society to:
ENRICH THE STEM PIPELINE FOR THE NATION by leading efforts to inspire, encourage, and enable youth to pursue STEM careers; and helping develop the technical capacity that our nation needs to remain globally competitive.
To accomplish this goal, on August 18-20, the College Outreach COI hosted a three-session Forum on Student Members and Chapters to discuss the status of SAME student members and student chapters. Below are the proceedings. Some great discussions came up during in the chat box during each session so the chat log is also included below.
Session 1: Engaging Student Members, Tuesday, August 18th
Slides, Recording, Chat Log, Related link: Student Member Application Page
Key Take-away: Add a student member to a Post board.
Session 2: Successful Student Chapter/Post Relationships, Wednesday, August 19th
Slides, Recording, Chat Log, Handout: Student Chapter Guidance Manual
Key Take-aways: Create a tab on the Post website for their student chapter; develop student chapter marketing materials; and advertise SAME benefits to faculty advisors as an incentive.
Session 3: Encouraging Student Competition Involvement, Thursday, August 20th
Slides, Recording, Chat Log
Key Take-away: Create an SAME competition based on student senior design projects.
Notes are still being compiled and will be distributed to COI members and student chapter mentors.
SAME offers academic institutions (colleges, universities, and trade schools) the opportunity to promote their programs, credentials, and certificates to SAME members by becoming an institutional member. Opportunities include advertising in The Military Engineer, SAME's flagship magazine, and/or on the SAME website or online newsletters. To learn more about member benefits for your institution, contact Johnny Frasier, Sales Representative, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The College Outreach Community of Interest is also looking at how to engage academic partners more. Join us in the conversation.