February 20, 2018

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Big Cash Prizes for Maker Spaces Up for Grabs

The U.S. Department of Education just launched the CTE Makeover Challenge with various cash prizes adding up to $200,000 and additional prizes from sponsors, including Autodesk, Dremel, Etsy Manufacturing, Fab Foundation, LEGO Education, littleBits, Maker Ed, MakerBot, ShopBot, and Snap-on Incorporated.

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The goal at hand is to come up with a model of a sustainable, affordable, practical, and replicable maker space. First-round entries, consisting of school details and maker space goals, must be submitted by April 1, 2016.

All eligible schools will gain access to the CTE Makeover Boot Camp, a six-week virtual program in maker space design, lesson planning, sustainability strategies, and community engagement. At the completion of the training, second-round submissions will be due. Those must include detailed design plans, budgets, and implementation strategies.

Up to 10 winning schools will each receive $20,000, as well as additional sponsor prizes, to make its model a reality.

The challenge was first announced at the 2015 White House Maker Faire in support of President Barack Obama’s Nation of Makers initiative.

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