2019 Shoals Spark Competition set for March 14, 2019

Submittals due date February 21, 2019

DECEMBER 15, 2018 – Early Bird Deadline for Video Submissions *Receive a free Shoals Spark t-shirt!

  ATTENTION TEACHERS:    DO YOUR STUDENTS HAVE GOOD IDEAS?

                                                 WANT TO TEACH THROUGH PROJECT BASED LEARNING?

                                                 WANT FREE LESSON PLANS DESIGNED BY UNA FACULTY?

                                                 WANT TO INTRODUCE YOUR STUDENTS TO INNOVATIVE THINKING?

Encourage your students to be a part of the 2019 Shoals Spark Competition and they could win a portion of the $3,000 prize award to make their idea happen!

 On March 8th, 10 presenters vied for almost $3,000 in prize money at the Shoals Spark competition in front of an audience of over 100 at UNA. The participants, gleaned down from 30 who submitted ideas, were divided into 2 categories – Elementary and Middle School students and High School students. The presenters were introduced by Dr. Carmen Burkhalter, Dean of UNA’s College of Arts and Sciences.  Shoals Spark is an idea competition for students living in the Shoals. It was created to foster innovation and entrepreneurship in our community’s young people to generate unique ideas about how to make the Shoals a very cool place to live and work.  In the High School category: first place went to Red Bay High School Robotics team, second place when to Red Bay High School Wee Care team, and third place went to Tamia Jackson of the Muscle Shoals Career Academy. Runners up were Gage Isbell from Colbert County High School and Nathan Pegram from the Muscle Shoals Career Academy.  In the Elementary / Middle School category: first place went to the team of Josh Banister, Will Phillips, Riley Davis, and Whit Martens (who also won the audience favorite award); second place went to Lindsey Conner; and third place to the team of Joe Don Anderson and Anthony Rutherford, all from Muscle Shoals Middle School. Runners up were McKenna Crisler of Leighton Elementary and the team of Gage Sherrill and Dillon Edwards of Muscle Shoals Middle School.  The annual competition is sponsored by Listerhill Credit Union, the University of North Alabama, Shoals Shift, and the Shoals Chamber of Commerce. The event was partially funded by a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission. This event was created to identify those in our area who are on the path to becoming leaders in digital technology.

On March 8th, 10 presenters vied for almost $3,000 in prize money at the Shoals Spark competition in front of an audience of over 100 at UNA. The participants, gleaned down from 30 who submitted ideas, were divided into 2 categories – Elementary and Middle School students and High School students. The presenters were introduced by Dr. Carmen Burkhalter, Dean of UNA’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Shoals Spark is an idea competition for students living in the Shoals. It was created to foster innovation and entrepreneurship in our community’s young people to generate unique ideas about how to make the Shoals a very cool place to live and work.

In the High School category: first place went to Red Bay High School Robotics team, second place when to Red Bay High School Wee Care team, and third place went to Tamia Jackson of the Muscle Shoals Career Academy. Runners up were Gage Isbell from Colbert County High School and Nathan Pegram from the Muscle Shoals Career Academy.

In the Elementary / Middle School category: first place went to the team of Josh Banister, Will Phillips, Riley Davis, and Whit Martens (who also won the audience favorite award); second place went to Lindsey Conner; and third place to the team of Joe Don Anderson and Anthony Rutherford, all from Muscle Shoals Middle School. Runners up were McKenna Crisler of Leighton Elementary and the team of Gage Sherrill and Dillon Edwards of Muscle Shoals Middle School.

The annual competition is sponsored by Listerhill Credit Union, the University of North Alabama, Shoals Shift, and the Shoals Chamber of Commerce. The event was partially funded by a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission. This event was created to identify those in our area who are on the path to becoming leaders in digital technology.

What is Shoals Spark?

Shoals Spark is an idea competition for middle and high school students living in the Shoals area of northwest Alabama. The purpose is to foster innovation and entrepreneurship by getting young people in our community to generate unique and creative ideas about how to make the Shoals a very cool place to live and work. Shoals Spark is one of the initiatives under the umbrella of Shoals Shift, which is a creative effort to attract, nurture, and promote the Shoals. Shoals Shift is an initiative funded by a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission and involves a variety of local partners including the University of North Alabama, Shoals Chamber of Commerce, Shoals Entrepreneurial Center, Florence-Lauderdale Public Library, and Listerhill Credit Union.

What types of ideas?

We are looking for unique and creative ideas about how to make the Shoals a very cool place to live and work. There are no restrictions on the types of ideas. For example, ideas can be related to business, technology, education, the arts, recreation, families, entertainment, community development, social services, the environment, preservation, sustainability, health care, volunteerism, government, workforce development, philanthropy, special populations (e.g., elderly, homeless), etc. Students can present any idea they think would make the Shoals a better place to live and work.

Who can participate?

  • Any middle or high school student

  • Individuals and/or teams (of any size) may submit multiple idea

Why should you participate?

  • Your idea(s) could make a big difference in the Shoals community

  • Potential of seeing your idea become a reality by working with the Shoals Shift team

FREE TSHIRT TO EVERYONE WHO SUBMITS AND APPLICATION!

What is the Timeline?

DECEMBER 15, 2018 – Early Bird Deadline for Video Submissions *Receive a free Shoals Spark tshirt!

FEBRUARY 20, 2019 - Final Deadline for Video Submissions

MARCH 14, 2019 – Shoals Spark Competition 5:00 – 7:00pm in the Guillot Center on UNA's campus. Finalists Present Their Ideas

Questions?

 If you have additional questions, please contact shoalsspark@una.edu