We understand that taking care of our pearly whites is a big deal, but it's not always easy, especially for kids in under-resourced communities. Your mission? Do some digging to find out why oral health is falling through the cracks in the U.S. or your community, and then let your creative genius run wild! Come up with a unique product, a cutting-edge business idea, or an awe-inspiring viral marketing campaign to make sure every child has an opportunity for a healthy smile. Show off your brilliant ideas with a video pitch to The Delta Dental Institute for a chance to win $$$, and of course, add an amazing real-world project to your resume and college applications.
In this Challenge, you'll explore the question:
How can oral health be improved for kids in under-resourced communities?
This Challenge is open from
February 12 - March 8, 2024
Learn all about the Challenge!
We're so glad you're joining this Challenge! It's your opportunity to come up with a unique product, a cutting-edge business idea, or an awe-inspiring viral marketing campaign to make sure every child has an opportunity for a healthy smile.
Grab a group of friends or go solo, do some brainstorming, and show off YOUR brilliant ideas via a 3-5-minute video to The Delta Dental Institute for a chance to win big $$$, and of course, add an amazing real-world project to your resume and college applications. Watch the video to learn more about the Challenge.
Before you get started you might be wondering how this works. KnoPro Challenges are divided into five phases. These steps are designed to help you explore the problem and develop a solution. Select the + buttons to learn about each phase.
The future workforce needs you. Check out some exciting careers, talk to people, explore indeed.com, seek internships or jobs in the field, and uncover educational requirements for a career of interest. There are so many dental healthcare-related jobs beyond being a dentist, such as:
Dental Hygienist: Helps dentists during dental visits, with tasks such as: cleaning teeth, applying sealants, taking x-rays, etc.
Dental Technology Specialist: Uses engineering and technology skills to design and create dental prosthetics, crowns, and bridges using computer-aided-design and manufacturing systems (CAD, CAM)
Oral Health Educator: Teaches proper dental care practices and promotes oral health awareness in schools, community centers, or through public health initiatives
Dental Therapist: Helps to expand quality care to more patients and provides support services
This Challenge is a great opportunity for you to develop those in-demand job skills - use these buzz words in your resume, LinkedIn profile, job cover letter, interview, etc.:
Problem solving: You're developing a solution to an important problem.
Communication: You're going to share a video pitch with professionals.
Collaboration: You're working with a team or at getting input from mentors.
Social Awareness: You're learning about an important issue.
Creativity: You're using your imagination for a unique solution to the problem.
Initiative and Self-Direction: You're doing this on your own or in a small group.
One important part of The KnoPro Challenges is choosing the type of solution you plan to create (in a group or solo) and ultimately pitch to the judges. Check out an example of each of your choices: a product idea, a new business concept, or a marketing campaign. You can also get inspiration from all the winning projects.
Flip the cards to help you decide which approach you may want to take. Later in the Challenge, you'll choose ONE approach.