High School Design Challenge

Challenge Overview

Participation in the Design Challenge keeps curriculum current, encourages student creativity, provides an industrybased activity, and reinforces your Drafting or Art program. The educational benefit of the Competition is to give students a problem that requires the practical application of the Design Process. The Design Process starts with a concept sketch or idea, is then refined, and finally developed into a functional part. Students are given an industry based problem and are challenged with finding a design solution. CAD Drafting and artistic skills that students have gained in their classes can be directly applied to an automotive based design problem with the Design Challenge.


Contest Categories

Design Concept - The Design Concept Category will ask the student to propose a creative and aesthetic design solution to a given automotive application. The student will follow the Design Process which starts with a rough concept sketch followed by a depiction of refinements to achieve a final design rendering. The presentation can be made as a free hand rendering, any computer graphic program, scale model, or any combination of these.

Design Concept Flyer/Rules

Creative Engineering Design Category - The Engineering Design Category challenges drafting students to develop a design solution to a given automotive-based problem. Consideration is given to the design’s innovation, functionality, appearance, mounting and/or attachments. The Creative Engineering Category utilizes drafting/CAD skills and must be submitted on paper as a properly made engineering drawing using orthographic projection.

Creative Engineering Design Flyer/Rules


1st place  - $400 + “Jennings Award” Plaque
2nd place -  $300 + Certificate of Honor
3rd place - $200 + Certificate of Honor
4th up to 8th - $100 + Certificate of Honor
Best in School - $50 + Certificate of Merit

Contest Due Date

Entries must be received on or before 3 pm Friday, March 31, 2023.

Submissions can be mailed or delivered to:
asbe Foundation Design Challenge
Shannon Williams
Macomb Intermediate School District
44001 Garfield Rd., Clinton Twp, MI 48038
eMail: swilliams@misd.net 

Obtaining the Design Challenge Problems and Instructions

A full description of the challenge, rules, and CAD file in stp format can be downloaded here. A pdf file will also be available for those students who don’t have access to a CAD system or who choose to submit a hand drawn entry.

SAVE THE DATE: The asbe Foundation 68th annual Design Challenge and College Award Banquet will be held in April 20th, 2023 at 6:00 pm.

Be sure to complete the registration below so we know to watch for your submissions.

Register for the Challenge Today!

If you have any questions, please contact us at DesignChallenge@asbefoundation.org