Two Sandia Prep teams were selected as winners in New Mexico State University's (NMSU) Innoventure Round 2 Challenge.
The Seventh-Grade DareDevil Design team, DareDevil 1, was recognized for its Energy Wheel, a viable product that would make the average person more self-reliant in terms of housing, food, or energy needs. Working on creating not only a product but a business model to produce, distribute, market and sell, John Wegrzynek '26, Anja Stefanovic '26, Samuel Garcia '26, and Sebastian McMullin '26 went against dozens of middle school teams from around New Mexico and El Paso. By winning this round, the team has secured a place in the finals to be held later in the spring.
The Innoventure Middle School Challenge encourages students to think like an entrepreneur and design a simple prototype out of an approved list of materials – all in a month-long timeframe that challenges them to put their team’s ideas to the test quickly and create an innovative product.
You can see the seventh-grade team's presentation here.
In the upper school, engineering students Joseph Perez '22 and Calvin Succi '22, along with entrepreneurial students Houston Fett '21 and Matthew Leach '21, collaborated on the second round's challenge to innovate a product that would make the average person more self-reliant. Their product, the Charge Cycle, caught the judges' interest as innovative, effective, and a viable market product. By earning this win, this team is also guaranteed a slot in the finals later in the spring.
This collaborative effort between Mr. Arren Buck's Mechatronics 2 students and Mr. Dan de León's Entrepreneurial Studies course exemplifies the DesignLab's mission to create the next generation of innovation-driven, life-long learners.
See their innovative idea here.