Design I Final Competition

Spring 2020

WELCOME TO THE ROADKILL RALLY

Welcome to the Spring 2020 Roadkill Rally, where the top Design I teams (as picked in preliminary in-class competitions across 24 sections) showcased their final solutions and competed for prizes in a virtual pitch competition. The semester’s wicked problem was “Animal Kingdom Turf Wars: Exploring Wild Animal – Human Interfaces,” where we were seeking technical, novel solutions rooted in engineering and/or science that would allow for human endeavors to thrive while reducing the negative consequences currently affecting wildlife and their habitats (read the full Call For Proposals here).

Teams compete for cash prizes, including a special Subject Matter Expert Pick.  Below you can see the grand prize winning teams as well as all of our finalists. Check out their video pitches (produced remotely while social distancing) and read through the judges Q&A on each of their team pages. For more information on Design I, click here.

THE WINNING TEAMS

1ST PLACE: LIL’ CRITTERS

Problem Statement: How might we optimize mosquito collection for the researcher in order to improve identification accuracy and reduce the threat of mosquito-borne diseases?

Team Members: Kelsey d’Etienne, Carolyn Queen,  Tamia Hainesworth, Paige Vasquez-Housley, Elena Orendain

Instructor: Bridget Wetzel, Section B

View Q&A in the Comments Here

2ND PLACE: JMEAP

Problem Statement: How might we prevent the detrimental impacts on aquatic life near Diamond Creek, Arizona that is caused by sediment pollution in the Colorado River?

Team Members: Peyton Michael Rehl, Matthew McCormick, Erin Taggert, Jet Rostykus, and Ayla Carignan

Instructor: Robin Bullock, Section T

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3RD PLACE: UPSTREAM ADVOCATES

Upstream Advocates was also the winner of the special Subject Matter Expert Award, where four of our SMEs from the semester (Brandon Marette with CO Parks & Wildlife, Drew Rayburn with the Nature Conservancy, Karin McShea with Pinyon Environmental, Inc, and Scot Grossman with Jefferson County Open Space) reviewed the finalists and selected their favorite.

Problem Statement: How might we allow fish passage through whitewater parks at various flow depths?

Team Members: Alexander Bahro, Ryan Wall, Grace Waters, Matthew Humphreys, and Bradley Gunther

Instructor: Julia Wilson, Section N

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THE FINALISTS