High School Student 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

2018 Participating High Schools:

DeMatha Catholic H.S. Elizabeth Seton H.S.

Mount de Sales Academy

Mount Saint Joseph

Photos from the 2017 Challenge:

2017 Winning Team: Elizabeth Seton

  Maryvale Prep team
 DeMatha High School team
  Nicole Hollywood filming the DeMatha burn