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The Challenge 2020

Arizona high school students were invited to join a virtual engineering design competition hosted by Arizona State University, University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University.

June 18-23, 2020, Participants attended online seminars, consulted with experts and worked in groups to come up with engineering solutions for social distancing in school settings. 

Watch this space for The Challenge 2021!

Read the article about The Challenge 2020

Team solutions

First Place – Cuckoo Industries

Second Place – No Rest for the Students

Third Place – Team Musicians

Outstanding Notebook Award – EvoLog

Outstanding Notebook Award – A.T.A.C. 19

Innovation Award – ExoSuit, UV and U-track

Innovation Award – VR Online Classroom

Featured Speakers

Superintendent Kathy Hoffman has spent her entire career working in public education, first as a pre-school teacher and then as a speech therapist in Arizona’s public schools. She began her career in the Vail School District in Southern Arizona before joining the Peoria Unified School District. In November 2018, she was elected State Superintendent of Public Instruction and assumed office in January 2019. As State Superintendent, she oversees all of Arizona’s public schools and manages a department of approximately 600 education professionals that work across the state.

Superintendent Hoffman’s vision for the role of Superintendent and the Arizona Department of Education is informed by her experience as an educator and advocate for students with disabilities. She believes all students deserve equal access to a high-quality public education, and that only through committed investment and inclusive policies can Arizona bring its public schools to the top of our nation’s school system. Like her colleagues in the classroom, Superintendent Hoffman holds the adamant belief that Arizona’s future starts in our schools.

Jaime Casap is the Chief Education Evangelist at Google. Jaime evangelizes the potential of digitalization as an enabling capability in pursuit of promoting inquiry-based learning models. Jaime collaborates with school systems, educational organizations, and leaders focused on building innovation into our education policies and practices. 

In addition to his role at Google, Jaime serves as an advisor to dozens of organizations focused on learning, skill development, and the future of work.  He is the coauthor of “Our First Talk About Poverty,” as a way to talk to children about poverty.  Jaime helped launch the Phoenix Coding Academy, a public high school in Phoenix, AZ, focused on computer science as part of an inquiry-based learning model.  He teaches a 10th-grade communication class at the school.  He also guest lectures at Arizona State University.

He speaks on education, digitalization, innovation, generation z, and the future of work at events around the world.  You can follow and reach him on Twitter at @jcasap and watch his YouTube career advice videos at

Deans Panel

Moderator: Claire Jordan, Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, Arizona State University

Dr. Kyle Squires, Dean, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, Arizona State University

Dr. David Hahn, Craig M. Berge Dean, College of Engineering, University of Arizona

Dr. John Georgas, Interim Dean, College of Engineering, Informatics, and Applied Sciences, Northern Arizona University

Dr. Byron Hempel graduated from the University of Kentucky with a B.S. in Chemistry before traveling out west to the University of Arizona for Graduate School.  He completed both his masters and PhD in the Chemical and Environmental Engineering Department at University of Arizona, where he currently works as teaching faculty.

Dr. Hempel also completed the Certificate of College teaching and the Fundamentals of Engineering exam while in graduate school.  He finds that teaching is his calling and works hard to make a lasting impact in the classroom.

When not teaching, Dr. Hempel finds time to enjoy some of his hobbies.  He has been rock climbing for almost a decade and recently has been enjoying acro yoga over the past year and a half after taking a year of ballroom and west coast swing dance classes.  He enjoys playing chess on and off, recently learned how to SCUBA dive, is an ex-triathlete and goalie, and has family that lives in both Kentucky and Florida.

Dr. Brent Sebold serves as the Director of Entrepreneurship + Innovation @ the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. Dr. Sebold is responsible for the organization and advancement of curricular and co-curricular entrepreneurship programs for all Fulton students and faculty. He also oversees the eSeed Challenge + Accelerator, which is the Schools’ premier new venture funding and support initiative. Brent also co-directs the Fulton Generator Labs, which is a 6,500 square foot workspace for student enterprisers.

Prior to serving in this role, Brent was the Director of Acceleration Curriculum within Entrepreneurship + Innovation. Additionally, he led the regional ecosystem development efforts for the U.S. Department of Defense’s implementation of ASU’s Furnace Technology Transfer Accelerator and operated Arizona Furnace 2.0 in partnership with several research and funding organizations throughout the state.

Brent also ran ASU’s Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative and the inaugural ASU Student Startup Bowl. During his tenure, he managed 40 Edson client companies who raised over $1.2 million in external funding and featured 10 grand prize winners in several global student startup competitions, including Entrepreneur magazine’s 2011 Collegiate Entrepreneur of the Year.

Brent earned a Business Administration degree from Ohio University and his Master and Doctor of Education degrees at ASU. He is also a co-founder of

The Challenge 2020 Expert Panel

Eric Bell works with UA educators on and off campus to create an accessible and inclusive environment for everyone- applying the concept of Universal Design- striving to make everything on our campus welcoming, accessible, and inclusive for everyone regardless of their age, race, gender, ability, or experience level.

Kim Heinzer is a high school teacher at BASIS Peoria where she teaches Engineering, AP Computer Science, Physics, and Algebra. She is also an Aeronautical engineer, and has analyzed aerospace structures from aircraft to rockets and everything in between. 

Spencer Gorin, RN, is and originator of multiple programs that increase empathy, self-regulation and discovery. Spencer co-created the anti-bullying, character education program Healthy Play IS a Solution.

Barbara Coakley is the Director at the MET Professional Academy in the Peoria Unified School District.  In her current position Barbara leads a team of teachers and staff in designing and delivering a unique educational model in the public education system. 

Dr. Aaron Krasnow is the Associate Vice President, ASU Health Services & ASU Counseling Services and ASU HIPAA Privacy Officer. His professional interests and specialties include depression, anxiety, suicide prevention and mental health promotion, health psychology, and organizational consultation. Dr. Krasnow holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and is a licensed psychologist.

Coffee Chats

Presented by the AZ TriU Engineering Partnership