Make-a-thon: Rethink the Rink
A unique collaboration with the Pittsburgh Penguins® and Carnegie Mellon University
Putting its partnership into action, Covestro teamed up with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Carnegie Mellon University’s (CMU) College of Engineering to “Rethink the Rink.” This first-of-its-kind collaboration explores ways to make hockey safer.
The initiative kicked off in 2018 with the world’s first hockey Make-a-thon – a weeklong workshop challenging CMU engineering students to design and develop prototypes for safer hockey dasher boards, tapping into Covestro materials and technical expertise.
Their goal was to explore how recent advances in material science can be used to address the physical boundary of the rink and reduce the impact of players hitting the boards. The ideas inspired by that first Make-a-thon were ultimately transformed into a next-generation dasher board prototype, which will eventually be installed and tested at the Covestro Innovation Rink in the Penguins’ practice facility.
In 2019, Rethink the Rink will host its second Make-a-thon, focusing on a new aspect of hockey innovation – player safety equipment. This year’s participants will be challenged to uncover material solutions that strengthen player protection, without inhibiting player performance.