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Aggies Invent Junior is a 1.5-day program designed to engage students in a multi-disciplined, multi-level, intense design experience that is focused on solving real-world needs provided by industry and agency partners.

Due to the ongoing concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19, Texas A&M Engineering is postponing the 2020 Chevron Design Challenge. While we are disappointed with postponing, the health and safety of our participants is our primary concern. Once the spread of COVID-19 is contained and CDC guidelines indicate that large group gatherings may resume, we will begin notifying participating schools of the new competition dates and will give them priority registration.

The structure of the program is to introduce students to various challenges, have them self-select teammates from other schools, engage in an active design process, build and test their design, and finally provide a presentation to “sell” their solution to a select set of judges. Aggies Invent Junior is not a Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) competition. Students may use CAD software to communicate design attributes within their presentations, but it is not a requirement of Aggies Invent Junior. However, we do advise that all students bring a laptop computer, as it will be used heavily for research and presentation creation. Aggies Invent Junior is not a competition to showcase the best school in the state. Schools will not be going head-tohead in the challenge. Rather, the challenge focuses on simulating industry environments, where individuals work collaboratively to generate ideas and solutions from a diverse group of cultures and expertise. Instead of joining a team of friends, or being forced to solve a problem, your students will have the opportunity to choose a problem that speaks to them as an individual, and will self select the needs statement and team they wish to join.

Questions? Contact John Peterson, Spark! Associate Director, at john.peterson@tamu.edu or 979-847-8654.