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Toyota Engineering Design Challenge for 11th & 12th grade students at Elkhorn Crossing High School in Georgetown, KY.


What is the Toyota Engineering Design Challenge Competition? 

Toyota is a mobility company that takes pride in developing better transportation for all. In our community and across the world, there are many mobility challenges that people may face and can affect their quality of life.  

This competition will give students the opportunity to solve a problem related to mobility that can help improve one's quality of life. Students will submit their project to the Innovation Portal and a panel of judges will review them. Toyota will award the top 3 teams prizes for their outstanding work.

For the competition you can use your own mobility problem to solve or utilize some examples shown below:

Develop a device to lift patients who are unable to walk (ie. Lift a patient from chair to bed).

Develop a wheelchair that is easy to navigate small corridors, uneven ground, and public transit.

Develop a wheelchair for dogs who only have two or three legs.

Develop a device to allow customers, who are in a mobile cart, to access the top shelf in the grocery store.

Many homeless people at the NKY Emergency Shelter struggle to find better paying jobs. This is because the jobs are located several miles away in more industrial areas where public transportation is not dependable and there are no homeless shelters. Develop a transportation method that the homeless people can utilize to get to these good jobs which can help improve their living situation. 

Develop a method to collect misplaced shopping carts.

People often forget where they parked their vehicle, or they can’t hear the car “beep” very well. Design a better device that people can use to find their car in the parking lot.  

Prosthetics are very expensive, and children are required to purchase new prosthetics when they grow. Develop a modular prosthetic that can grow with children to reduce their financial burden.

A population of those who are physically challenged must wear devices called AFO's (ankle-foot orthosis) made from hard plastic to support their feet and ankles. Develop a better design that can fix some or all the problems which include heat, size, and Velcro straps.

Develop a modular/temporary ramp system for entering and exiting a house with a wheelchair.

Develop a system for a handicap van that can secure a motorized chair from the ceiling and not the floor.

Develop a voice activated call bell system (like using Alexa but can be used to call the nursing station).

Start your impossible!

General Restrictions

Who can participate?

The competition is open to students in grades 11-12 at Elkhorn Crossing High School. Team size is 2-4 students.

There is no registration or competition entry fee.  This is a free educational competition.

Why participate? 

The goal of this competition is to highlight the importance of engineering design that will enable students to solve “real world” problems, apply what they’ve learned in their PLTW classrooms, and achieve recognition for outstanding work.

Winning entries will be recognized as follows: 

First place:

​​​​​​​Tablets for each student

Toyota branded items

Second place: 

Wireless speakers for each student 

Toyota branded items 

Third place: 

E-readers for each student

Toyota branded items


October 1, 2019: Project Registration Opens on the Innovation Portal

All interested teams must register their interest in the competition as early as possible.  Registration does not require the student or team to enter but does offer the competition administrator a way to monitor how many judges will be needed and opens a channel of communication regarding the competition with interested students or teams.

November 1, 2019 - March 27, 2020: Portfolio submission window on the Innovation Portal

April 17, 2020: Winners announced

How to participate in the Toyota Engineering Design Challenge

Sign Up for Account:  All team members should sign up for Innovation Portal accounts at Please use an email account that you check regularly. Email addresses that can be accessed after graduation are preferred, i.e., Gmail, yahoo, etc.

Register for Competition:  All team members should register for the competition by clicking the “REGISTER” button on the competition home page once they are logged into their new account. (Registration opens October 1, 2019).  You will need the required password to register for the competition. 

Build your Portfolio:  The competition uses the Engineering Design Process Rubric. Make sure to reference the rubric as you build your project entries. 

Submit Portfolio:  The submission button will appear on the competition home page and activate March 16 – April 2, 2020. Once your portfolio is ready, click on the submission button to enter your portfolio into the competition. (Note: Prior to submission, please change the status of all team members to “owner” so that any member is able to submit on behalf of the team.)

Watch On-line Tutorials:

Video ONE -  GETTING STARTED using the Innovation Portal 

Learn how to create your own account, create a portfolio, connect a portfolio to partners, teachers and mentors.


Learn how to add text, upload and insert graphics, documents, and other files, insert a video onto a page and use the rubric and scored examples to aim at the highest scores. (You will be effectively building web pages similar to working in Publisher, so viewing the video is highly recommended.)

Use of the Innovation Portal is completely free.

Judging and Questions

Judging will be based on the embedded Engineering Design Process Rubric. Make sure to reference the rubric as you build your project entries and pay special attention to spelling and grammar. Students are encouraged to write in third person scientific language.  If you have questions regarding this competition, email: Jodi Ahting, [email protected]

Opportunity Terms & Conditions

Terms and Conditions...

Please Note: All projects submitted to this competition will remain the intellectual property of the individual or team; however by entering the competition the individual/team understands and gives the organizers of this competition permission to develop and distribute the story about the projects, the students and their schools in order to promote the impact of competition and highlight the value of the project work. Effort will be taken to describe the project in general and without offering any details related to intellectual property concerns.

PLTW Terms & Conditions

I understand that by submitting this work to an opportunity or competition hosted on the Innovation Portal that the submitted copy of work will be in the control of the hosting organization and is subject to the terms and conditions that organization has posted for entry requirements and conditions.