Paradigm Challenge

In partnership with the Red Cross, The Paradigm Challenge is an annual competition that inspires youth innovation to address important social issues. The first annual Challenge sought to generate new ideas to prevent injuries and fatalities from home fires—America’s #1 disaster threat.

The challenge was open to kids from 7-18  and welcomed all ideas, including posters, videos, inventions, messages, community events, websites, mobile apps, or anything else that will help save lives.

In it's inaugural year, over 50,000 students participated in this incredible campaign!

The First Place winners in each age division and the top Ambassadors in each age division won a 4-day/3-night trip to Los Angeles to attend The Paradigm Challenge Prize Ceremony on July 23, 2016.

Skild congratulates all of the winners and participants in this year's challenge.  We're proud to power such an important project.

Check out some of the top winners below:

Grand Prize Winners
Grand Prize
Division 3 (ages 15-18)
Scott and Emma
Bothell, Washington
The Fire Mitt - Fire Suppression Invention
Friends invent kitchen product to suppress stovetop fires.

First Place Winners
Division 1 (ages 7-10)
First Place Division 1
Jacob, Julia, and Joey
Uniontown, Ohio
Fire Agents - Fire Prevention Video
Siblings identify and eliminate fire dangers around the home in educational video

Division 2 (ages 11-14)
First Place Division 2
Shubhanshi, Hitanshi, Om, and Tulsi
Rajkot, India and Christchurch, New Zealand
DeTech - Comprehensive Fire Safety System
International team invents detection and escape system

Second Place Winners
Division 1 (ages 7-10)
Ishani and Natasha
Los Gatos, California
Ice It! - Junior Firefighter Program
play Educational app to help promote fire safety in schools.
Division 2 (ages 11-14)
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
play Student creates mask that reduces smoke inhalation from fire.
Division 3 (ages 15-18)
Traverse City, Michigan
The Dryer Lint Reminder
play Student comes up with idea for reducing dryer lint fires with automatic device.
Third Place Winners
Division 1 (ages 7-10)
Mark, Gary, and Barbara
Mahwah, New Jersey
Cooking Fire Prevention Devices
play Siblings invent three ways to reduce cooking fires.
Division 2 (ages 11-14)
Lewis Center, Ohio
The Smoke Stop
play Student creates device for the bottom of doors to cover gap and reduce smoke inhalation.
Division 3 (ages 15-18)
Angel, Dylan, Devon, and Jonni
Mead, Washington
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