Freshman Ian Crossey Competes on 3rd Place Team in SLU Teen Idea Dash
The City Museum can be overwhelming under normal circumstances, but imagine exploring it as part of an entrepreneurship scavenger hunt, with clues that are riddles you have to solve to figure out where you're headed next. That's how freshman Ian Crossey spent his Saturday on Oct. 1, competing in the Saint Louis University John Cook School of Business' Teen Idea Dash.
The contest started with a problem that you had to submit a solution for: "Now that the Rams are gone, how would you repurpose the Edward Jones Dome to be a place to include and connect young people of STL?" Ian's solution, pictured at right, earned him a spot as one of 22 finalists chosen from the 140 entries.
At the City Museum, the finalists were broken up into teams of 2-3 students. They were given their first clue, and sent off to 7 different stations in the museum depending on the answer to the riddle in the clue. At each station, a local business leader from organizations like Wehrenberg Theaters and the St. Louis Blues presented more problems for which the team had to offer solutions. Once the team had offered a solution that was accepted by the judge, they were given the next clue to move through the process. The catch: Their solution to each problem had to be original. If another team had presented the same solution, they had to start over.
"At one point, we had to climb 10 flights of stairs to get to a judge, and went down a 10-story slide to get to the next one," Ian said.
The teams had 90 minutes to finish, and points were docked if the team went over time. Ian's team finished 5 minutes late, but still finished in 3rd place, earning each student a $75 prize.
Ian had previously participated in SLU's Entrepreneurship Academy, and had entered other contests like this that the school had sponsored, but this was his first time as a finalist. Congratulations!