Improv-a-Do! State Engineering Competition: 5 minutes. Got Time?

Improv-a-Do! organizes an annual state engineering competition for elementary-middle school kids. MIT student-designed engineering challenges this year ranged from product pitching smart trash cans and newly designed backpacks, to building a device to minimize drink spillage. The participants were then tasked to solve each challenge within a time frame of 5 minutes. As a fast paced way to get kids thinking and on their feet, Improv-a-Do! serves to bridge the gap between those who haven't had much exposure to STEM to experience it without the long project time commitments required by other STEM clubs. With the help of the Community Service Fund Improv-a-Do! has been able to host 150+ students at this half day long competition to spur students into action and allow them to have a taste of what engineering is all about in high pressure situations.