CAN STUDENT COMPETITIONS FOSTER THE INNOVATIVE DESIGN?
Student competitions, besides being designed to foster the educational goal of improving students’ skills and knowledge, aim also at fostering innovation, developing leading technology and new solutions. However, it can happen that, instead of bringing positive effects, competitions create collateral effects to innovative research, resulting a large waste of resources. The innovation goal gets lost, leaving to competition the only educational role. In order to prove this, the author has investigated the Shell Eco-Marathon case, being fuel economy competitions among the most known.