Cultivating innovation at school level

May 29th, 2019, Published in Articles: PositionIT

To help inspire and cultivate innovative design education, Autodesk launched the Make it Real Challenge. The challenge encourages students and educators to engage their school and community in a conversation around “maker” education with an incentive of gaining new tools for making. Now in its second year, Autodesk has expanded the programme to provide four schools with makerspaces.

Each grand prize winner gets a makerspace including an Ultimaker 3 3D Printer, Dremel DigiLab Laser Cutter, and ten Chromebooks. In total, Autodesk is giving away over $70 000 in prizes. In addition to the hardware, all the schools – students, educators, and educational institutions around the world – have free access to Autodesk software and education resources.

The company has received a number of high–quality entries for the challenge, which demonstrate the innovative ways that schools are using design/making to enhance learning. The grand prize winners of this year’s Autodesk Make It Real Contest are:

  • Jim Bridger Middle School, Nevada, US, who showed the many ways in which they would use the prize tools to enhance their learning.
  • Paradise Intermediate School, California, US, demonstrating their strength and maker mindset by making with what they have available.
  • Brighton High School, Massachusetts, US, representing the maker spirit as they showed their design thinking process and through an in–depth, student-led discussion at their school around the benefits of making.
  • Killingly Intermediate School, Connecticut, US, demonstrating how they are currently using common materials like cardboard, and how the prize tools would help foster a learning environment no one would want to skip.

The company said it looks forward to the continued dialogue around “maker education” and the benefits of engaging students in a hands-on experience to achieve learning outcomes.

Find out how to start a makerspace and learn more about designing and making at https://autode.sk/2v2GetC.

Contact Autodesk, info.southafrica@autodesk.com

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