Innovation Station

Classroom Challenge

Portable Power Challenges

It’s time to showcase your creativity! Through the Portable Power Challenges, students will design a solution for an engineering problem through an evidence-based, collaborative effort, and socially driven process.

Select a challenge below. Once your students have completed the challenge, JOIN THE CHALLENGE and post what they have done. Make sure to check out what other classrooms have done and comment on the awesome work! One classroom per month will be selected to Skype with a UL engineer or scientist!

  • Design and sell a personal transportation device to the world

    What’s the next big thing in personal transportation? Encourage your class to imagine a new way to travel, and have them write and design promotional ads introducing this new means of travel to the world. The challenge is to come up with an advertising campaign that would emphasize the safety engineering that went into designing the new product and create ads aimed at kids and parents to share.

    • Sketch a new design for personal transportation device
    • Develop a new name for your device
    • List three safety engineering innovations you included in your design
    • Develop an ad campaign to market and sell your product
    • Create a print ad or social media promotion (don’t forget your hashtags)
    • Develop a :30 commercial to sell your creation to the world
    • Share it with us!  Your video could be featured on the UL XplorLabs website!
    Join the Challenge
  • Design a hoverboard safety PSA for the world

    Many manufacturers are now creating hoverboards that pass mechanical, environmental, and electrical tests, but that doesn’t mean kids will use safe behaviors all the time. Kids are riding hoverboards on streets and sidewalks that weren’t designed for them. In fact, few places have guidelines on safe usage. That’s where you come in! Design a Public Service campaign that highlights the safe use of hoverboards in cities around the world.

    • Research hoverboard safety rules in a specific city or country (for a real challenge, choose one that’s not your own)
    • Come up with rules / standards for safe hoverboard use, or complement existing ones
    • Develop a public service Campaign to share those rules / standards with kids and parents
    • Create a magazine ad that talks about safe hoverboard use
    • Develop a :30 PSA
    • Share it with us!  Your video could be featured on the UL XplorLabs website!
    Join the Challenge