Manufacturing Innovation Challenge

High school students become consultants to solve real life problems presented to them by local manufacturers

MIC Logo Final HorizTHE CHALLENGE:  Solve a real-world manufacturing problem

West Virginia manufacturers will challenge high school teams to find solutions to problems they are experiencing in their facilities.  Each challenge is unique and can come from a variety of aspects of the company’s operations.

THE SOLUTION:  Learn how problem-solving is a critical job skill 

Following the team’s presentation, students and manufacturers discuss the feasibility of implementing the solution. The experience illustrates how teamwork, adaptability, and communication skills are used to implement the industry's solutions.


  • Students: Build new networking connections, leading to future internships, apprenticeships, and employment opportunities. 
  • Manufacturers: A fresh perspective that often results in innovative ideas that can help companies find new ways to tackle difficult manufacturing or technology challenges.

To participate in the next round of Manufacturing Innovation Challenges by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  A limited number of slots are available.

Program Sponsors

Major financial underwriting is provided by

Upcoming Dates

11 Apr
SVC - NORTH CENTRAL Region - Viewer's Choice Voting
Date 04.11.2024 - 04.18.2024
11 Apr
SVC - NORTH CENTRAL Region Judging
04.11.2024 - 04.17.2024
17 Apr
MIC - MID-OHIO Region - Deadline Manufacturer's Critique
17 Apr
MIC - MID-OHIO Region - Deadline Team's Judging Packet
17 Apr
SVC - MID_OHIO VALLEY Region - Viewer's Choice Voting
04.17.2024 - 04.24.2024
17 Apr
SVC - MID-OHIO Region Judging
04.17.2024 - 04.23.2024

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