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Lehman, Raffeinner, and Treaster win tabletop challenge for the NCPA LaunchBox Idea Lab

DuBois, PA – Innovation is all about finding solutions and this tabletop challenge was no different. Located in the Swift building on the Penn State DuBois campus is a student gathering area containing round tables with openings in them, previously used for cabling.

The North Central PA LaunchBox powered by Penn State DuBois created a challenge for students to design uses and inserts for these spaces using the Idea Lab, located next to the student area. The Idea Lab contains 3D printers, 3D scanners, CAD software, and a full commercial vinyl print system.

Each team consisted of three students and the rules were simple. Use the resources in the Idea Lab to imagine, design, and create products to be used in each of the tables.

Cory Lehman, Anna Raffeinner, and Dylan Treaster teamed up to compete and ultimately win the competition. This team of students recognized that the location where the tables sit is a study area, but also a socialization area on campus. They chose to design mini-board games, such as tic-tac-toe to be inserted into the space.

They worked with North Central PA LaunchBox director, Brad Lashinsky, and Idea Lab instructor, Johnny Williams to bring their designs to life. In the fall, students will be able to play games designed by Lehman, Raffeinner, and Treaster. Each student on the team was awarded with $200 Amazon gift cards.