High school students win big at sustainability challenge

ImagineTomorrow logoBy Tina Hilding,  Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture

PULLMAN – More than $40,000 in cash prizes was awarded to high school teams from Washington and Idaho at the recent Alaska Airlines Imagine Tomorrow Competition.

Hosted by Washington State University’s Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture on May 20, Imagine Tomorrow is WSU’s annual problem-solving competition for students grades 9-12.

Now in its tenth year, Imagine Tomorrow challenged students to seek new ways to support the transition to a sustainable future.

Nearly 400 students and 31 schools from Washington and Idaho participated in this year’s event, themed, “Pursue Sustainability. Nonstop.” Student teams selected from among four challenges:

  • Itron Food, Energy and Water Challenge
  • Boeing Aerospace Challenge
  • McKinstry Built Environment Challenge
  • Biofuels Challenge

They researched the topic and developed innovative technologies, designs or plans to mobilize behavior.

The competition was judged by more than 100 representatives from industry and academia.

More than a dozen challenge categories were awarded, with first prizes worth as much as $300 for each winning student team member.

For a complete list of winners, visit http://imagine.wsu.edu/

The competition is sponsored by more than 30 corporate, educational and scientific organizations.


Media Contact:

  • Tina Hilding, communications director, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, 509-335-5095, thilding@wsu.edu