April 17th

Student Powered Invention

Our students are constantly pushing the boundaries of convention and making a difference in the world around them. Learn from more than 100 student designers and engineers who are building the next generation of theme park rides and watch as students display fantastic creations during the student-sponsored Fashion Show. There’s so much to see, and you get a backstage pass to the behind-the-scenes action!

View our full list of events below – all times are in CDT. Can’t make it to every event or in a different time zone? Click on the scheduled event to view the archived video or watch any of our on-demand offerings to join in anytime, anywhere!

Innovation Happens Here

7:45 AM
Innovation Happens Here Welcome

David Spalding, Raisbeck Endowed Dean for the Ivy College of Business

Welcome to Ignite Innovation Showcase Day 2: Student Powered Invention! Join Dean Spalding as he gives an overview of the day and provides some insight into the innovation taking place at Iowa State University.

8:00 AM
Welcome to the Ride Engineering Competition

Are you a thrill-seeker? Look no further than the largest hands-on student-driven theme park ride competition in the country! Join this introductory session to learn more about the competition, the rules, and meet the judges. Learn more

9:00 AM
The Next Generation of Theme Park Rides

It’s time to turn on the theme park rides and pit them against each other! During this session, you’ll see 11 student-developed theme park ride models and hear from the teams who created them. We’re showcasing more than 100 student designers and engineers who are igniting a spark, so don’t miss out!

1:00-5:00 PM
Tech Talks

Hear from the experts in project management, mechanical design, control systems, risk assessment, ride maintenance, ride theming and more during a series of Tech Talks!

3:45 PM
What A Ride! Building a National Student Competition

Hear how ISU student Charlie Wickham recognized a need for student competitions in theme park ride engineering and set out to create one.

6:00 PM
Speakers Panel: Ride Engineering Experts

Want to learn more? Join the conversation during a livestreamed Q&A Speakers Panel. Participants in the Ride Engineering Competition will discuss with experts how to build better theme park rides.

6:45 PM
A Legacy of Student Engagement and Impact

Hear more about the Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management’s annual student-led Fashion Show. Learn more.

7:00 PM
The Fashion Show 2021

Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management

The runway, dazzling lights, and stunning clothing designs – it’s a sight that typically draws thousands of spectators each year. This year, you can join the annual student-led Fashion Show on the catwalk no matter where you are! While you are watching you can follow along with this virtual program.

7:00 PM
Announcing The Best Ride Engineering Team of 2021

Who will win our $1,000 Grand Prize? Join us as our industry judges choose the winners of the 2021 Ride Engineering Competition and award $3,000 in prize money in the Ride Engineering Competition Awards Ceremony!