Design & Pitch Challenges in STEM

Challenge - Power Me Up

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Gas-powered vehicles release harmful greenhouse gases and rely on a natural resource that will someday be gone. As a result, more and more people are buying electric vehicles. More electric vehicles means there is a need for more electric vehicle charging stations. This is an opportunity for savvy entrepreneurs. In this Design & Pitch Challenge, you will plan design a company that builds charging stations for electric vehicles.

Get started on your Design & Pitch Challenge!

Setting the Stage with Your Challenge Champion

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Challenge Champion Kristin Vicari explains your Challenge.

Read Your Challenge

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Read your Challenge Statement and get started!

D&P Digital Activity Instructions - Student Resource

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D&P Digital Activity Instructions - Student Resource

The Challenge Context gives you more information about the background and real-world significance of the Challenge.

Tips from Your Challenge Champion

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Kristin Vicari is a chemical engineer, and she works on electric cars at Tesla. Watch this video to learn what experts like Kristin think is important to consider in order to have easy access to electric charging stations.

Helpful Resources on Electric Vehicles

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Explore factors that can affect the success of your solution.

The Challenge Guidelines instruct you on how to complete your mission for Power Me Up.

Student Instructions

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Read about what it means to complete a Challenge. This document will help guide you through the process.

Technical Brief

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Not everything will be included in your pitch. Use this document to explain your process and describe your solution in detail.

Technical Brief Grading Rubric

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Use this rubric to make sure that your solution covers all the required areas for Power Me Up.

Now that you have an idea for a solution, how do you set it up for business success?

Key Business Proposition

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This resource can help you get clarity about who your customers are and how your product creates value for them.

Business Models

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There are many ways to run a business. As you think about how to make money on your idea, consider these different business model options.

What solution did you come up with for Power Me Up? Get help with your pitch here.

How to Build a Pitch

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Use this resource to build an engaging, persuasive pitch.

Pitch Judging

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Use this sheet to judge how well you developed and delivered your solution for Power Me Up.

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