CLEVELAND (March 1, 2016) – Get ready for head to head competition in the fifth annual Design & Build challenge fundraiser, Saturday, March 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Great Lakes Science Center!

Teams of two to six individuals will be given a design challenge and all the materials needed on the day of the competition and then race against the clock, and the other teams, to see who can design, build and then test the most successful solution to the challenge. Teams compete in one of three categories: Youth (middle through high school students), Corporate (adult teams or college students) and Families.

“Design & Build is one of my favorite events at the Science Center,” said President & CEO Dr. Kirsten Ellenbogen. “Last year’s competition came down to the wire with an exciting tiebreaker round between The Telos Alliance and Lincoln Electric. While Lincoln came out on top last year, each year is a new challenge and another chance to have a great time and raise funds for the Science Center’s many educational programs that help inspire our future STEM workforce, who one day may be working at a company just like Telos or Lincoln.”

New for the competition this year is an auction by professional auctioneer Bob Hale in which teams will be able to bid on materials that could improve their designs (and their chances to win)! Teams will also be able to bid on items that will slow down their competitors. The funds raised in the auction by corporate and family teams will support the Science Center’s education programs. School groups will each be given “play money” so that they will be able to participate in the auction as well.

Sponsorship levels begin at $5,000 which provide access for one corporate team and include the ability to sponsor either a second corporate team or one youth, college or family team, and presenting sponsor recognition opportunities. Sponsors at the $1,500 level receive access for one corporate or college team and recognition opportunities, and sponsors at the $1,000 level receive access for one youth or family team and on-site recognition opportunities.

The Design & Build fundraiser is a great opportunity for a corporate team-building exercise, a group outing for a college science club or class, or for families who love a unique challenge!

For more information on how to sponsor a team, visit

Design & Build 2016 is presented by Keithley, A Tektronix Company; The Lubrizol Corporation; and PolyOne Corporation.

About Great Lakes Science Center

Great Lakes Science Center, home of the NASA Glenn Visitor Center, makes science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) come alive for more than 300,000 visitors a year through hundreds of hands-on exhibits, traveling exhibitions, OMNIMAX® Theater, Steamship William G. Mather, daily science demonstrations, seasonal camps, family workshops and more. We know the value of using real scientific challenges to encourage curiosity and experimentation. And we remain committed to developing the collaborations and community partnerships needed to stimulate innovation, improve STEM education, and cultivate the creative, critical thinkers who will shape the future of Northeast Ohio. Discounted parking is available for guests in the attached 500-car garage. Great Lakes Science Center is generously funded by the citizens of Cuyahoga County through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. Visit for more information.