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Dr. Aaron Coyner 

Physics Instructor 

South Coast Innovation Challenge

The inaugural South Coast Innovation Challenge provides Southwestern students teams the opportunity to collaborate on innovative solutions to societal problems and needs both large and small. Our intent with this contest is to foster a spirit of creativity and invention while encouraging students to develop and apply their entrepreneurial skills. Our contest is a semi-final competition for the statewide InventOR competition, and the two best inventions we find this year will go on to the next round of InventOR competition against teams from 17 other Oregon colleges and universities.



Anyone who has worked with someone elderly or disabled knows that something as simple as putting on a pair of shoes can be a daunting task. Now, a team of engineering students is setting out to make it simpler, by taking the fun, futuristic notion of self-tying shoes and putting it into action.

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