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FINAL WEEK to Register for ITEEA's REACH Challenge!

October 28, 2019

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Help Your Students Make a Difference in the Lives of Those Around Them...

Register Your Team for the REACH Challenge Before the November 1 Deadline!


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REACH Challenge is an impactful Adaptive & Assistive Technology design-thinking project for middle school, high school, and college students, showcasing ITEEA’s mission that “Technology and Engineering Bring STEM to Life.”

With an Educator’s Toolkit, filled with lesson plans and activities, this innovative challenge shows students how they can use their STEM skills to make a difference in the lives of those around them.

After forming a team, students have an opportunity to REACH a member of their community who has a challenge to overcome. Focusing on the empathy and user-centered design portions of the engineering design process, students will work with their User-Expert (UE) “client” to identify a specific challenge, and design and create a viable adaptive or assistive technological solution to this problem. Following registration, teams can submit their projects through the ITEEA website. Teams who complete the challenge and submit their projects are then eligible to earn recognition and funding to support their STEM program.

“I tell my students that they don’t have to wait until they are ‘grown ups’ to change the world,” said Gavin Wood, an award-winning STEM educator and visionary behind the REACH Challenge. “Why wait? Let’s develop 21st-century high-tech skills and use them to make people's lives better...right now. I see the light bulbs turn on in my students’ minds once they realize this. Now, with the launch of REACH Challenge, we have the potential to inspire students and teachers to make an impact on their communities all over the world.”

Interested teams can learn more and register today at The site includes additional resources such as an overview video and a sample student-created video.

ITEEA is the professional organization for technology, innovation, design, and engineering educators. Its mission is to promote technological and engineering literacy for all by supporting the teaching of technology and engineering and promoting the professionalism of those engaged in these pursuits. ITEEA strengthens the profession through leadership, professional development, membership services, publications, and classroom activities.




Meet Isaac and hear from the student team that developed a specialized device for him to be more independent in his home.



For more information about ITEEA’s REACH Challenge, contact ITEEA by phone: (703) 860-2100, email:, or visit the website at