IT-oLogy Innovation Challenge

The Innovation Challenge is a state-wide challenge for 4K-12th grade teachers and 3rd-12th grade students. Your mission is to create a project that uses technology to solve a problem in school, the community or South Carolina.

Our online application is open from October through February and is free to enter. The awards event is held every March for project finalists.

Important Dates

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Sponsorships are available

Learn more here about supporting this event and our state’s innovative students.

Congratulations to the 2018 Top Innovators!

Congratulations to our 2018 top student and teacher innovators! These students and teachers used technology to develop creative ways to help solve and/or bring awareness to a local, or global problem. We’re very proud of you and thankful that you’re making South Carolina better!

View photos from the event here!

Elementary School

TM Floyd Top Innovator: Aqua Patrol Ocean Cleaner – Colette Schaalje and Lillianna Anderson – Spearman Elementary School (Piedmont, SC)

2nd Place: Crayola Color Recycle Awareness Video – CharLeigh While – Merrywood Elementary School (Greenwood, SC )

3rd Place: Not So Styrofoam – Mariyah Carroll and Piper Petroski – Merrywood Elementary (Greenwood, SC)

Honorable Mentions:

  • Deer Vehicle Collision Avoidance System – Sai Vallabh Gurram – Merrywood Elementary School (Greenwood, SC)
  • Trash Dash – Honorable Mention  Anna Katherine Philpot and Adriana Barreras – Spearman Elementary School  (Piedmont, SC)

High School

TM Floyd Top Innovator: Smarter Thermostat – Lauren Chen – Dutch Fork High School (Irmo, SC)

2nd Place: Fowl Water Cleaner – Marigordon Varner, Cameron Estes and Austin Bercume – Laurens High School (Laurens, SC)

3rd Place:  The Stirling Peltier Hybrid Engine – Wil Armstrong, Dylan Drake and Andrew Shelton – Laurens High School (Laurens, SC)

Honorable Mentions

  • Track-A-Tray – Abigail Garrison, Walter Young and Camden Carmen – Laurens High School (Laurens, SC)
  • Plastic Bottle Cap Solution – Zachary Huang – Spring Valley High School (Columbia, SC)


TM Floyd Top Innovator: Next Energy Engineering – Kirsten Bullington – R2i2 (Columbia, SC)

2nd Place: Micro Controllers/Soil Moisture – Denise Wright – Ocean Bay Middle School (Myrtle Beach, SC)

3rd Place: Green Roof High School Design – Rob Sheffield – Laurens High School (Laurens, SC)

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