Make-a-thon: Rethink the Rink
A unique collaboration with the Pittsburgh Penguins® and Carnegie Mellon University
Already putting its partnership into action, Covestro is teaming up with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) to “Rethink the Rink.” This first-of-its-kind event will challenge students from CMU’s College of Engineering to develop material solutions that enhance the safety of the sport without compromising game performance.
This year’s make-a-thon will focus on redesigning the rink dasher boards and glass. Students will form teams and use their creativity and academic knowledge to develop prototypes for testing. Throughout the event, students will have access to experts and materials technologies from Covestro.
Hockey is an inherently physical sport – and the only one with a physical boundary. The goal of this initiative is to explore how recent advances in material science can be used to address the physical boundary and reduce the impact of players hitting the boards.
“Rethink the Rink” could ultimately have a long-term impact on the game. If the student prototypes are successful, they will be submitted to experts at the NHL and USA Hockey for feedback. Once the dasher boards and glass initiative is complete, the group could continue exploring the role of materials in other areas of hockey, including player equipment and rink construction.