EUGENE, Ore. -- BRING Recycling is now accepting registration for the annual student product design challenge, a competition that encourages young Oregonians in Lane County to upcycle secondhand materials into useful products.
The challenge asks K-12 students to design and build items from used materials. The finished product is intended to enhance their everyday lives. Projects can produce public art projects, furniture, home décor, robots, tools and more.
"It's an opportunity for them to get creative and use their hands on building and crafting skills to create new things that could enhance their home, bedroom, school, school garden, or maybe something in there neighborhood," said Emily Shelton, the director of education at BRING Recycling.
This year's event has been modified to allow students to work on projects at home while school time is still limited by distance and hybrid learning schedules. Students can work individually or in groups.
Each single participant or team will receive $50 in BRING Challenge Cash to spend on used materials at the Planet Improvement Center. They can be combined with a small amount of supporting material to produce the final product. Supporting materials should be limited to common waste items (single-use plastics, scrap fabric, coffee cups, etc.) as much as possible.
Applications will be accepted until April 30. The challenge is limited to the first 30 registrations.
Final creations must be submitted by June 25. For more information, visit BRING's website.