The SAFR Challenge

A Physics Innovation Competition at Grove City College

Sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurship + Innovation at Grove City College in conjunction with Dr. Shane Brower, Professor of Physics, Grove City College, The SAFR Challenge is an innovation competition that tasks students with developing and building a headband designed to reduce the prevalence of concussions in collegiate soccer players.

Students in Dr. Brower’s SCIC 201: Fundamentals of the Universe class spend time planning, developing, and testing their headbands, in an effort to create the best concussion-preventing headband based on a combination of factors:  comfort, appearance, cost, and force reduction. The top six teams from the class will advance to the finals!

SAFR Challenge Finals

Thursday, October 20, 2022

7:30 PM

Sticht Lecture Hall

The college-level competition will be judged by members of the Grove City College Women’s Soccer team. Winners will be determined using a special rubric that weighs each headband’s appearance, level of comfort, practicality, and the quality of the group’s presentation.

Exceptional junior high and high school students will also be invited to participate in a version of the competition judged by the winners of last year’s college competition!

The campus and community are invited to attend!


College-Level Prizes

1st Place: $100*

2nd Place: $75*

3rd Place: $50*

*per team member

High School-Level Prizes

1st Place: $50*

2nd Place: $40*

3rd Place: $30*

*per team member

Re-watch the finals below!