Whirlpool Innovation Challenge Team Advances to Top Ten

Whirlpool Innovation Challenge Team Advances to Top Ten

Michael Markoch

LAKE MICHIGAN CATHOLIC- On November 13, 2018, the LMC Whirlpool Innovation Challenge Team gave its first presentation to a panel of Whirlpool judges.  The team defeated the odds as their presentation and product was good enough to beat the other 30 groups and advance to the Top Ten of the challenge and the next round of presentations!

Senior and Team Member Cole Tubman was very excited to hear the team advanced.

“It means a lot because there were 31 teams and only one-third of those teams could advance, and we were one of them.  Plus we only had one team compared to those other large schools like St. Joseph and Lakeshore who sent an average of ten teams and only had six combined teams advance, we went one for one.”

The purpose of the Innovation Challenge is for Whirlpool to help students find creative solutions that help to fix a posed problem.  A group of up to four students work to invent a new product that can be be used to fix problems people face in their everyday lives.

Tubman has been interested in the challenge for a while and is glad to be a part of it.

“I’ve been interested in engineering since I was young and through this challenge, Whirlpool gives students a great opportunity to use their skills and knowledge in the real world.”

Each group receives a mentor who helps them develop ideas and market their product for their presentation to the panel.

This year’s LMC team consists of Tubman, along with juniors Jake Koenig and Connor Casey.  The product that they came up with was a toaster/panini press combo.

“It’s basically a single slot toaster that can turn flip into almost like an oven,” Tubman said, “It then uses the technology of a panini press to cook the food while it is in the oven state.”

The team has worked almost every day on this major project, and still have a lot of hard work in front of them if they want to advance even farther, or even win the whole challenge.

Last year, LMC had two teams in the challenge and both advanced to the Top Ten, one team even advanced into the finals.  Tubman, however; isn’t worried about the success from last year.

“It doesn’t matter to me, when we got started here we were told we could advance farther than both of the teams from last year and we have high expectations for our group, we believe we can win the whole thing.”

The next presentation for the LMC Team is November 28th, where they will have a chance to advance to the next stage.

We wish good luck to the boys as they look to advance in both the challenge and their real-world experience!


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