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Students Scramble to Build at Innovation Challenge

Oct 26 2018 9:00 AM
Students Scramble to Build at Innovation Challenge
Elise Raymond watches as her team's winning egg device plummets towards the ground.
Sometimes you need to crack a few eggs to make an omelet, but a group of University of Nebraska–Lincoln students this past week conceived ways to prevent eggs from cracking. The Innovation Challenge, hosted by the Center for Entrepreneurship at the College of Business October 18-22, tasked students with constructing devices capable of protecting an egg when dropped from heights greater than 10 feet tall.

Teams received their challenge guidelines and material restrictions on the first day of the event, and needed to adhere by the rules or face disqualification. These included no parachutes, propulsion systems or pre-made kits, causing students to create the device from scratch. Given five dollars each and only the weekend to design, build and test their device, the teams immediately began to brainstorm a plan.

The contest, while fun and lighthearted, requires innovative thinking and problem solving. Dr. Samantha Fairclough, associate director for the Center for Entrepreneurship and assistant professor of practice in management, knew the students needed to use a variety of skills in order to be successful.

Students watch in anticipation as team #LetsGetThatBread prepares to drop their device in the second round.
Students watch in anticipation as team #LetsGetThatBread prepares to drop their device in the second round.
“Although the challenge is different every year, it requires creativity, collaboration, prototype testing, team-work, design skills and even a bit of construction and engineering knowledge,” said Fairclough. “Students enjoy being competitive, and this is the perfect introduction to some of the essential elements of entrepreneurship.”

The teams gathered in the lower level courtyard at Howard L. Hawks Hall to put their egg protectors to the test in two rounds. The first round required teams to drop their device from the top of the stairs onto the ground, and check to see if the egg remained safe from harm. The second round was the same, but from a greater height while trying to land in the center of a giant cardboard frying pan.

The challenge concluded with the judges awarding three teams trophies and Amazon gift cards. The Eggcellent winner award was presented to the team who kept their egg safe both rounds and landed closest to the center of the frying pan. The Egglicious award was given to the team whose device was the most visually pleasing. The final award was the Humpty Dumpty Award, given to the team whose egg broke in the most spectacular fashion.

Coming in first, and receiving the Eggcellent Winner award, was Team Project Nitrogen. After facing a restriction from the judges on not using a jar of peanut butter, the first place team went with their next best idea, straws and tape. Not only did their device keep the egg safe through both rounds, it also landed nearly directly at the center of the frying pan. A member of Project Nitrogen, Joey Osbron enjoyed the whole process of the challenge.

“From the drawing board stages to going out and acquiring our materials, it was fun creating and testing the device,” said Osbron. “With our first test run ending in an egg splattered all over, it was cool to see our device go from our failed attempt to winning the competition.”

The winning teams included:
Holding their trophy and device is team Project Nitrogen (left to right): Joey Osbron, Elise Raymond, Caleb Sneed and Quincey Bernard.
Holding their trophy and device is team Project Nitrogen (left to right): Joey Osbron, Elise Raymond, Caleb Sneed and Quincey Bernard.

Eggcellent Winner - Project Nitrogen
  • Quincey Bernard, junior international business major from Port-au-Prince, Haiti
  • Joey Osbron, junior international business major from Valencia, California
  • Elise Raymond, senior marketing major from Seward, Nebraska
  • Caleb Sneed, senior supply chain management and analytics major from Kansas City, Missouri
 
Egglicious Award - #LetsGetThatBread
  • Coleman Cooper, sophomore management and marketing major from Grand Island, Nebraska
  • Jacob Crawford, senior finance and management major from Hickman, Nebraska
  • Zach Kerkman, freshman computer science and mathematics major from Denton, Nebraska
  • Kyle Leaver, sophomore marketing major from West Barnstable, Massachusetts
 
The Humpty Dumpty Award - #Winners
  • Sarah Bubak, sophomore management major from Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Andy Mason, junior geology major from Kearney, Nebraska
  • Katie O’Neil, advertising and public relations major from Dunbar, Nebraska
  • Kyle Rhodes, junior mechanized systems management major from Gretna, Nebraska
  • Gabby Rodriguez, junior management major from Lincoln, Nebraska
 
The Innovation Challenge kicked off as the first of the center’s events over the academic year. The center’s next competition is the 3-2-1 Quick Pitch held November 1 and 2. Open to Nebraska high school and college students, young entrepreneurs will gather to pitch business ideas in hopes of winning cash prizes. To register for the event, visit: https://business.unl.edu/quickpitch. To learn more about programs from the Center for Entrepreneurship, visit: https://business.unl.edu/entrepreneurship

Students Scramble to Build at Innovation Challenge

Oct 26 2018 9:00 AM
Students Scramble to Build at Innovation Challenge
Sometimes you need to crack a few eggs to make an omelet, but a group of University of Nebraska–Lincoln students this past week conceived ways to prevent eggs from cracking. The Innovation Challenge, hosted by the Center for Entrepreneurship at the College of Business October 18-22, tasked students with constructing devices capable of protecting an egg when dropped from heights greater than 10 feet tall.

Teams received their challenge guidelines and material restrictions on the first day of the event, and needed to adhere by the rules or face disqualification. These included no parachutes, propulsion systems or pre-made kits, causing students to create the device from scratch. Given five dollars each and only the weekend to design, build and test their device, the teams immediately began to brainstorm a plan.

The contest, while fun and lighthearted, requires innovative thinking and problem solving. Dr. Samantha Fairclough, associate director for the Center for Entrepreneurship and assistant professor of practice in management, knew the students needed to use a variety of skills in order to be successful.

Students watch in anticipation as team #LetsGetThatBread prepares to drop their device in the second round.
Students watch in anticipation as team #LetsGetThatBread prepares to drop their device in the second round.
“Although the challenge is different every year, it requires creativity, collaboration, prototype testing, team-work, design skills and even a bit of construction and engineering knowledge,” said Fairclough. “Students enjoy being competitive, and this is the perfect introduction to some of the essential elements of entrepreneurship.”

The teams gathered in the lower level courtyard at Howard L. Hawks Hall to put their egg protectors to the test in two rounds. The first round required teams to drop their device from the top of the stairs onto the ground, and check to see if the egg remained safe from harm. The second round was the same, but from a greater height while trying to land in the center of a giant cardboard frying pan.

The challenge concluded with the judges awarding three teams trophies and Amazon gift cards. The Eggcellent winner award was presented to the team who kept their egg safe both rounds and landed closest to the center of the frying pan. The Egglicious award was given to the team whose device was the most visually pleasing. The final award was the Humpty Dumpty Award, given to the team whose egg broke in the most spectacular fashion.

Coming in first, and receiving the Eggcellent Winner award, was Team Project Nitrogen. After facing a restriction from the judges on not using a jar of peanut butter, the first place team went with their next best idea, straws and tape. Not only did their device keep the egg safe through both rounds, it also landed nearly directly at the center of the frying pan. A member of Project Nitrogen, Joey Osbron enjoyed the whole process of the challenge.

“From the drawing board stages to going out and acquiring our materials, it was fun creating and testing the device,” said Osbron. “With our first test run ending in an egg splattered all over, it was cool to see our device go from our failed attempt to winning the competition.”

The winning teams included:
Holding their trophy and device is team Project Nitrogen (left to right): Joey Osbron, Elise Raymond, Caleb Sneed and Quincey Bernard.
Holding their trophy and device is team Project Nitrogen (left to right): Joey Osbron, Elise Raymond, Caleb Sneed and Quincey Bernard.

Eggcellent Winner - Project Nitrogen
  • Quincey Bernard, junior international business major from Port-au-Prince, Haiti
  • Joey Osbron, junior international business major from Valencia, California
  • Elise Raymond, senior marketing major from Seward, Nebraska
  • Caleb Sneed, senior supply chain management and analytics major from Kansas City, Missouri
 
Egglicious Award - #LetsGetThatBread
  • Coleman Cooper, sophomore management and marketing major from Grand Island, Nebraska
  • Jacob Crawford, senior finance and management major from Hickman, Nebraska
  • Zach Kerkman, freshman computer science and mathematics major from Denton, Nebraska
  • Kyle Leaver, sophomore marketing major from West Barnstable, Massachusetts
 
The Humpty Dumpty Award - #Winners
  • Sarah Bubak, sophomore management major from Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Andy Mason, junior geology major from Kearney, Nebraska
  • Katie O’Neil, advertising and public relations major from Dunbar, Nebraska
  • Kyle Rhodes, junior mechanized systems management major from Gretna, Nebraska
  • Gabby Rodriguez, junior management major from Lincoln, Nebraska
 
The Innovation Challenge kicked off as the first of the center’s events over the academic year. The center’s next competition is the 3-2-1 Quick Pitch held November 1 and 2. Open to Nebraska high school and college students, young entrepreneurs will gather to pitch business ideas in hopes of winning cash prizes. To register for the event, visit: https://business.unl.edu/quickpitch. To learn more about programs from the Center for Entrepreneurship, visit: https://business.unl.edu/entrepreneurship