Cooper hewitt national high school design competition

National Finalist, 2nd Place - 2017

National Honorable Mention - 2018

Rostam Reifschneider '17 was named one of three Finalists in the Smithsonian - Cooper Hewitt National Design Competition. Shortly before graduating he was flown to Boston for a networking event and later to New York City to pitch his idea to a panel of judges. 

Sydney Strawn '20 and Leah Weiser '20 were named Honorable Mentions (Top 15) in the 2018 'All Access'-themed competition.


Startup Weekend edu

3rd Place - 2016

Wendi Kan '18, Mark Endo '18, and Asst. Head of School for Design & Innovation Matt Abbondanzio participated in StartupWeekend San Diego in the Education realm. Working long hours over the course of three days, their group came up with an idea to connect exchange students with other people their age, prior to starting an exchange program. This would prepare these foreign students for the cultural transition. The team was named a Finalist and took 3rd place—even while competing against professionals!


Diamond Challenge for high school entrepreneurs

National Finalist, 2nd Place - 2016

National Semi-Finalist - 2017

For two consecutive years, our students were Top-5 Finalists in the Diamond Challenge.

In the 2016 competition, a group created a plan for a business around Polar Solis, a windshield that adjusts based on brightness to combat glare.

In the 2017 competition, a group worked on NyoCell, a headband embedded with an accelerometer to track head impact and concussions in youth athletes.


design for san diego - d4sd

Finalist - 2017

The Design & Innovation staff entered the Design For San Diego Civic Challenge put on by the UC San Diego Design Lab and the City of San Diego. Their entry, in the area of Improving Accessibility & Mobility Impairments, involved automatic rental kiosks for beach wheelchairs and walkers. They were named a Finalist and were invited to work with David Graham, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, City of San Diego, to implement their solution.

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media coverage of 'the HYDRONE'

The Hydrone, a class project from 2015-16, was featured on a news segment as well as on websites such as SportTechie and Vocativ.