In October 2010 Pike Central High School was selected as one of 14 Lemelson-MIT "InvenTeams" and one of only four teams to present on stage at the convention. The program grants selected high schools up to $10,000 to invent technological solutions to real-world problems. More than 1,200 schools applied for the grant, and a judging panel of educators, researchers, alumni and staff from MIT; industry experts; and past Lemelson-MIT Award winners selected Pike Central High School as one of the grantees. It is the first Indiana school to be picked for the program. The Pike Central High School InvenTeam has built a lightweight disaster relief shelter that is both inexpensive and easy to assemble and disassemble. Made from corrugated polypropylene sheets, the shelter also has a water filtration system, and the team is currently working to add an alternative energy source to supply light to the structure.