We’re very excited to celebrate the four Grand Prize winners of this year’s Make It Real challenge, announced earlier today on the Autodesk News blog. This contest, now in its second year, was conceived as a way to encourage students and educators to engage their school and community in a conversation around maker education. The results have been inspiring.
Each of the four Grand Prize winners will receive makerspace tools, including an Ultimaker 3 3D Printer, Dremel DigiLab Laser Cutter, and ten Chromebooks. A total of eight Honorable Mention award winners (announced this past Monday and Tuesday) will also each be receiving 10 Chromebook computers for their school to help continue sparking curiosity and creativity. In total, Autodesk is giving away over $70,000 in prizes.
We received many heartfelt, high-quality entries, demonstrating the innovative methods teachers are using to enhance learning through making. After some careful consideration, we narrowed down the finalists to the following four Grand Prize winners and their inspiring video submissions:
Jim Bridger Middle School
North Las Vegas, NV
With their “super maker teacher” leading the way, Jim Bridger Middle School students creatively showed the many ways that they would utilize the tools in the contest to enhance their learning.
Paradise Intermediate School
The educators and students at Paradise Intermediate demonstrated their strength and incredible maker mindset by making with what they have available. We look forward to seeing what they make this year with these new tools.
Brighton High School
Students at Brighton High School represented the maker spirit as they showed us their design thinking process through their video and then separately through an in-depth, student-led discussion at their school around the benefits of making.
Killingly Intermediate School
Tapping into the nostalgia of Ferris Bueller, the staff and students at Killingly Intermediate School demonstrated how they are currently making with common objects like cardboard, and how the toolset provided would help foster a learning environment no one would want to skip.
Congratulations to the winners!
We’d like to give a huge and sincere thanks to everyone who participated in the Autodesk Make It Real challenge. We can’t wait to see what these incredible and ambitious students go on to design and make at their school.
To learn more about creating a makerspace for your school, and the types of creative, educational projects it can enable for students, visit makingstartshere.com.