Open to ALL Students, Faculty, and Staff at Rice!

$300 in prizes EACH WEEK!

FRIDAYS in the OEDK


January 31
February 7, 14
and 21
February 28 – No Challenge
March 7 – No Challenge
(Spring Break)

March 14 and 21
March 28 – All Star Challenge (participants by invitation only)


Stop by the OEDK on Fridays to compete in weekly innovation challenges! Each week a new challenge will be presented and randomly chosen teams of 3 will compete for a cash prize of $300!  

No advance registration required...
Just show up!

Limited to the first 45 participants.

Show up early to guarantee your spot!





Weekly RECAP:

March 28 - All-Star Challenge: Safari Shootout
Challenge involved teams constructing shooters that can fire ammo a distance of 15-20 feet to accurately hit a series of targets. Shooters included sling shots, balloon shooters, catapults and swatters. Teams used buttons, erasers, marshmallows or ping pong balls as ammo. Safety first! All participants as well as the OEDK staff wore safety glasses during the challenge.
WINNERS: Team #5, made up of Jonathan Zev - MSNE and Janie Cao - BIOC, each won a $100 prize each.

March 21 - Puzzles on Paper Challenge
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Challenge objective was to solve as much of each of the 7 puzzles as possible. Sudoku, logo quiz, secret code, Harry Potter trivia and science themed word scramble, word find and crossword puzzles, were included in the puzzle packet.
WINNERS: Team #5, made up of Michael Pan - BIOE, Junqing Zhao - CEVE and William Choi - BIOE, won the $300 prize.



March 14 - Card Tower Challenge
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Challenge involved building the tallest tower out of playing cards without using your thumbs. Teams were given masking tape and were required to tape each of their thumbs to the palms of their hands.
WINNERS: Team #3, made up of Eslam Elshahat - EEB and Brooks Burris, won a $100 prize each.



February 21 - Balloon Car Challenge
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Teams were tasked with constructing a vehicle using the materials provided that is powered by only one balloon that will travel further than any other vehicle.
WINNERS: Team #10, made up of Michael Pan -BIOE, Kyle Shepherd - CEVE, and Siquan Spring Li - Cog Sci,  won the $300 prize. 


February 14 - Zip Line Challenge
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Teams were tasked with designing a machine that would safely transport a ping pong ball down a 20° angle zip line in less than 6 seconds.

WINNERS: Team #2, made up of John Hamel - MSNE, Kristin Sweeney - BIOE and Ken Groszman - BIOE won the $300 prize



February 7 - Marshmallow Bowling
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Teams designed a device to launch a marshmallow (bowling ball) 10 feet and knock down 10 Solo cups (pins) arranged into a pyramid. Each device had to incorporate an unopened water bottle as well as be operated by only one person, one handed!
WINNERS: Team #8, made up of William Choi-BIOE, Ken Groszman-BIOE and Janie Cao-BIOC won the $300 prize


January 31 - Puzzle Challenge
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Teams had to assemble three puzzles, one using both hands, one using their non-dominant hand and a third acrylic 3-D puzzle made on the OEDK laser cutter. 

WINNERS: Team #7, made up of Andrew Huie - EE, Karen Ding - KINE and Jonathan Zev - MSNE won the $300 prize.



November 8 - Fly Like an Egg
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Challenge involved designing a structure out of available materials to support and protect an egg from a fall from the landing of the OEDK stairs. Intact eggs went onto the second round and were dropped from the first story. The winners of the tie were determined by the lowest weight, 100 grams.

WINNERS: Team #4, made up of Solji Jung - Engineering, Eslam Elshahat - EEB and Nick Merritt - Computer Science,  won the $300 prize.
November 1 - Not Quite the Titanic
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Teams designed and built a boat out of straws and aluminum foil to hold the most marbles before sinking. Teams did so well that nuts had to be used as well! Teams 2-The Floating Dutchman, 3-Titanic II and 4-USS-OEDK DRIFT tied with the most weight. The winners were determined by taking a vote for the coolest name.
WINNERS: Team #2-The Floating Dutchman, made up of Matthew Foer - BCB, Alice Chow - SST and Peter Milling - CHBE, won the $300 prize.

October 25 - Use Your Senses
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Challenge involved teams touching, smelling and hearing mystery items in bags and boxes. Fifteen stations had two mystery items each, and teams had 60 seconds per station to guess what they were. Team #11 won with the highest points scored.
WINNERS: Team #11, made up of Leo Meister - ECE, Alex Yozzo - Humanities and Carlos Carames - KINE, won the $300 prize.


October 18 - Paper Airplane
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Challenge involved designing and executing a paper airplane to
launch from the first floor to the Kitchen Sink. The teams were judged on flight time. Team #8 won with the longest time aloft of 6.33 seconds.
WINNERS: Team #8, made up of April Choi - CHEM, Karen Resnick - Asian Studies and Billy Kuhn - CEVE, won the $300 prize.



October 11 - Dream Like JFK

Challenge involved writing and delivering a 90 second speech, in the vein of the “Man on the Moon”, to empower the general public to rally behind the next great engineering challenge that society should address.Teams were judged by guest judges based on the following criteria: problem magnitude, problem impact, feasibility, and pitch quality.

WINNERS: Each team member won a $100 prize.

Team #6: Richard Nguyen and Michael Pan, both in BIOE

October 4 - Tallest Tower
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Challenge involved designing the tallest tower out of biodegradable packing peanuts, toothpicks and water. Each team had 30 minutes to design, build, test, evaluate and redesign their tower.

WINNERS: It's a tie! Each team won a $300 prize.

Team #1: Josh Lipshultz - COMP, Esteban Pimentel - ECON, STAT and Michael Pan - BIOE

Team #2: Nathan Zuege - FE&P, Cheng Wan - Master of EE and Aakash Shah - Engineering


September 27 - Floating Platform
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Challenge involved designing a floating platform to hold three marbles on top of an upside down plastic cup using only the materials provided.  The platform was placed in a water filled container and carried 20 feet.  Each team had up to two attempts to carry the container and platform with the fastest time and most marbles remaining on top of the cup.

WINNERS: Team #1, made up of Jonathan Zev - MEMS, Riya Fukui - CS and Tsz Yiu Anna Ng – SOSCI, won the $300 prize.



September 20 - Balloon Launch
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Challenge involved designing a balloon launcher using only the materials provided.  The supplies included rubber bands, chopsticks, tape, washers, cups, etc. The teams had 20 minutes to design, build and test the launcher.  Each team had 3 attempts to launch their balloon the farthest.

WINNERS
: Team #15, made up of Gigi Nevils - Assistant Director with SST, Samuel Shadwell – COMP and Dennis Budde – LING/VADA , won the $300 prize.


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6100 Main Street MS 390 | Houston, Texas | 77005

Phone: 713.348.OEDK

Email: oedk@ rice.edu


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