Aggies Invent, held at the SuSu and Mark A. Fischer ’72 Engineering Design Center, will challenge you to put your theory into practice solving real-world problems. You will interact with professional and graduate student mentors, be supported by professional maker staff, have access to the most outstanding facility in the College of Engineering, and will build something amazing. Most of all, you will meet people interested in innovation, gain exposure to new technology, find ways around roadblocks, sleep a bit, and most of all have tremendous fun!

1 - The Dance

  • Team Formation
  • Mentor Interaction

2 - The Design

  • Project Scope
  • Project Requirements
  • Design Concepts
  • Baseline Designs

3 - The Doing

  • Prototyping
  • Fabrication
  • Status Updates

4 - The Deal

  • Dry Runs
  • Technical Paper
  • 90 Second Video
  • Presentation
  • Awards

Schedule

Friday

Location: SuSu and Mark A. Fischer ’72 Engineering Design Center

4 p.m.
  • Gather and Ice Breaker
  • Outline the Program and Expectations
  • Explain the Facility and Resources Available
  • Schedule Overview
  • Challenge Perceptions
5 p.m.
  • Seed Needs and Topics
  • Visit Sponsor/Mentor Tables
6 p.m.
  • Dinner
7 p.m.
  • Team Formation
  • Team Brainstorm
  • Initial Concept Development
7:45 p.m.
  • Mentor Training
9 p.m.
  • Concept Presentation (10 minutes)
  • Basic Idea
  • Approach
  • Physical Representation of Approach/Prototype (Cardboard or Fabric – Preferred)
  • Resources Needed
  • Questions and Discussion
10:30 p.m.
  • Break for the Night

Saturday

Location: SuSu and Mark A. Fischer ’72 Engineering Design Center

8 a.m.
  • Breakfast
9–11 a.m.
  • Micro-Controller Experts Available
11 a.m.–noon
  • Status and Need Reports Due
  • Fabrication Consultation Available*
Noon
  • Lunch
1 p.m.
  • Registration Deadline for Fabrication Request Review †
2–3 p.m.
  • Fabrication Request Reviews
5 p.m.
  • Status & Need Reports Due §
  • Emergency Fabrication Requests ‡
6 p.m.
  • Dinner
7–9 p.m.
  • Video Creation Training
  • Elevator Pitch Training 
10 p.m.
  • Team Work Continues

Sunday

Location: SuSu and Mark A. Fischer ’72 Engineering Design Center

8 a.m.
  • Breakfast
8:30–11 a.m.
  • Teamwork
11 a.m.
  • Presentation/ White Paper Technical Review
  • 2 Minute Video Introduction Review by Staff
Noon
  • Lunch
12:30–2 p.m.
  • Teamwork and Practice Presentations
2–3 p.m.
  • Clean up Areas and Turn in Unused Material
  • All Final Presentations and Videos Must Be Loaded Into Designated Computers By 2:30 pm

3 p.m.
  • Team Presentations (10 minutes per team)
  • 5 p.m.
  • Awards
5:30 p.m.
  • Final Clean-up and Depart