Wearable Device Challenge Guidelines

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  • Create a wearable device for a human or animal
  • Keep an engineering design journal
  • Make a poster detailing the design process of your product
  • Create an ad campaign for your product
  • Register your team and submit your poster & ad campaign


The Wearable Device Challenge has two divisions – Middle School and High School.  The Challenge is team-based and each team can have up to 6 student members.  Each teacher can enter 1 or 2 teams.  If there is more than one participating teacher at the same school, they may each bring one or two teams to the final Challenge on April 2, 2019 at NCSU.  Every teacher must register (using the Teacher Registration form) and indicate the number of teams they plan to bring to the Challenge no later than February 15, 2019.  All students attending the Challenge must then also register (using the Student Registration Form) at least two weeks in advance and submit a parent-signed copy of the NCSU General Participation Agreement.


High School Students:

You are tasked with creating a working prototype of a device that will help monitor or prevent a health concern. Your group can use platforms such as Arduino Uno, LilyPad, Raspberry Pi, or another device/ platform of your choosing to create your prototype. Your group may choose if they want to design the device for a human or for an animal. Whatever you choose though, the data your device collects must be applicable to both humans and animals (for example a group could create a device for a search and rescue dog that monitors hydration, temperature, location, etc., but this same type of device, with a few modifications, could be used to help monitor the health of the search and rescue human workers as well).

*Note: You only need to make one device.* Your team must also be able to explain how future iterations of your device can be powered without a battery.

Middle School Students:

Your team’s device does not need to be a working prototype, simply a model, though bonus points will be rewarded for a working prototype. Your team must also be able to explain how future iterations of your device can be powered without a battery.

When designing your device consider the following:

-What will this device monitor/measure and how?

-Who is this device designed for?

-Why is this device needed?

-How can this device be worn?

-Is it comfortable for the user?

-Where should the sensors be placed to most accurately monitor data?


Each team will be responsible to creating a poster documenting the engineering design process used to create their device. It is highly suggested that the teams keep an engineering journal throughout the process of their design to document the steps of the engineering design process (this will be very useful in the creation of your poster).

There is no specific template for your poster.  Click the buttons below to view example posters created by other ASSIST outreach programs based on the Engineering Design Process. These examples can provide some guidance for the layout, arrangement, and overall content of your poster.

Download Poster Example 1  Download Poster Example 2  Download Poster Example 3

Please create your poster in PowerPoint and have the size set to 36”x 48”.

Once your poster and ad-campaign are complete, please upload the files according to the instructions on the Logistics Page.  

Please name your files according to the below examples:

School Name-Teacher Name-Team Name-Poster

School Name-Teacher Name-Team Name-Ad Campaign

Ad Campaign

The ad campaign can be in any form the team chooses (commercial, radio ad, song, flyer, website, etc.), but it must be geared towards the target population for your device. (For example, if the device is made to monitor symptoms of Ebola in a small village in Sierra Leone, it would not make sense for your ad campaign to be a website.) The ad campaign should provide information on why the device is needed and who will benefit from its use. The ad campaign should explain how to use the device and what the device does.


Register each competing student individually no later than March 19, 2019 and upload a poster and ad campaign for each team.  Come to NC State’s Centennial Campus on April 2, 2019 to present your work.

Each team will have a designated table with an easel to hold your poster.  *Posters will be printed by the ASSIST Center and ready for display upon arrival at the competition.*

Judges and other attendees will walk among the tables to hear each team present the problem their device solves, the process they followed to create their device, and how they plan to advertise their device. Judges will use an electronic version of the rubric (see below) to score the participants. All scores will be scored electronically.

Middle school students will present physical models of their devices. High school students will present working prototypes of their devices.