Design Challenge

FPE Design Challenge

The Department of Fire Protection Engineering (FPE) will offer the FPE Design Challenge (FPEDC) during the spring term at selected high schools in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area. This project involves the design, construction, and (burn) testing of a small housing model where the challenge is to provide innovative means of fire detection and suppression. The FPEDC is a principal aspect of our recruiting and outreach mission.  


The competition includes three phases:

  1. A series of short lectures and discussions on fire protection principles
  2. Mentoring of the high school students as they develop their designs
  3. An experiment where a fire is ignited in the housing model to test the performance of the fire safety aspects of the design

Current high school participants:

DeMatha Catholic High School
4313 Madison St, Hyattsville, MD 20781

Elizabeth Seton High School (Industry Partner- AECOM; Lead- Chris Fike)
5715 Emerson Street, Bladensburg, MD 20710

Mount St. Joseph's High School (Industry Partner- Reliance; Lead-Kevin Hall)
4403 Frederick Ave, Baltimore, MD 21229

Mount de Sales Academy  (Industry Partner- Koffel & Associates; Lead- Kristin Steranka)
700 Academy Rd, Catonsville, MD 21229

Maryvale Preparatory Academy
11300 Falls Road, Lutherville, MD 21093