Engineering design competition builds interest in STEM careers

Students took over Rose-Hulman today to engineer devices like the one seen in this picture. (WTHI Photo, Garrett Brown)

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Future inventors put their creativity to the test bright and early.

Saturday was the Spark Innovation Competition at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

Teams, made up of Rose-Hulman and high school students, worked together to create a robot that detects Pokemon. The competition is not all about bragging rights though, organizers say it’s a push to get students excited about science, technology, engineering and mathematics as well as a future at Rose-Hulman.

“It’s so much fun to see young people get interested in the same things for the same reason,” said Katrina Kerrick, event organizer, “I remember when I was in high school I had stars in my eyes, I was so excited about this stuff and going to a competition like this would’ve been perfect.”

The competition is put on through the RoseBud Program. The program works to encourage student interest in STEM-related careers.