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Local student excels in NDSU Innovation Challenge

"NDSU Makerspace" was award $5,000. From left to right: North Dakota State University President Dean L. Bresciani, Kyle Stapleton, Ted Zipoy and NDSU Research and Technology Park Executive Director Chuck Hoge. Photo courtesy Haney Bros.

FARGO, N.D. — An area student has been named a track winner in North Dakota State University's Innovation Challenge '17. Winners were announced during an awards luncheon Feb. 28 at the Fargodome.

"NDSU Makerspace," won the $5,000 first prize in the Social track. The project is the brainchild of Ted Zipoy, a sophomore majoring in industrial engineering from Kimball, Minn., and Kyle Stapleton, a senior majoring in electrical engineering from Hastings.

The team is working to develop a makerspace on campus that will allow students from all areas of study to meet and create together. Makerspaces combine the ideas of a lab setting, community and an educational experience to promote interdisciplinary projects and offer access to tools and resources.