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Student Mentor Registration


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Student Mentor Developer Training

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School Group Registration


Nov 2022 - February 2023

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February 2023

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Spring 2023

Winners of Challenge Announces

In-Person: Naval Postgraduate School

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Rapid Innovation Design Challenge

The Naval Postgraduate School is committed to partnering with the local community to identify and attract young scientists in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). These students are the future leaders who will drive transformation and innovation in these fields.

2022 Design Challenge Winners

2022 Design Challenge Winners

The Design Challenge provides a unique opportunity and challenges high school students to think about, design, and develop solutions to real problems. Each challenge has many possible solutions, encourages creative thinking and teamwork, and teaches through engaging in hands-on activities. The overall goal is to build excitement about STEM and encourage them to pursue careers in science and engineering.

Through partnership with Aecern and use of their Scoutlier platform, the Design Challenge is aligned to NPS' commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA) in the STEM fields. The curriculum is designed to accommodate the available resources of a diverse population and ensure meaningful learning and success from all those wanting to participate. Additionally, the use of NPS students as mentors for the participating teams creates a mutual social exchange that allows for tailored support to facilitate deeper understanding of the challenges addressed through each curricula and introduce high school students to different opportunities within the naval service.


Automation to Address Climate Change Challenges

NPS is excited to announce the Rapid Innovation Design Challenge for 2023, focusing on how workflow process automation can address local community climate change challenges. Schools and students are invited to envision, develop, and design innovative solutions that unleash the power of technology to solve problems in their communities. Through engagement with NPS student mentors and industry experts, student will engage in scaffolded learning activities that ask teams to consider how science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) can be used to create meaningful solutions with global impact.

The Design Challenge is open to students in grades 9-12. The curriculum instruction and solution development are designed to be accomplished over a 2.5-month period to fit you and your students' needs. Participants will create low code or no-code custom applications for their challenge solutions using ServiceNow’s platform.

The challenge will have faculty and student teams in the local Monterey County area competing against each other for a chance to win cash prizes sponsored by the Naval Postgraduate School Foundation.

If you have any questions, please contact the design team at


Volunteer to be a Mentor!

NPS Students, partner with local high school students and explore how ServiceNow's App Engine Studio can help your team rapidly build, test, and deploy applications that can help address challenges they experience in their neighborhoods and communities. 

No coding experience necessary.