One Week Remains to Join the CTE Makeover Challenge!

Composite image that reads CTE Makeover Challenge, calling on Schools to Design Makerspaces, $200000 in cash awards plus additional prizes. CTE Makeoverchallenge.comThere is one week left for schools to enter the CTE Makeover Challenge and compete for a share of the $200,000 cash prize pool and additional in-kind prizes! The Challenge was launched on March 9, 2016 and calls on high schools to design makerspaces that strengthen next-generation career and technical skills.

Schools can join the Challenge by visiting and completing a short submission form. The Challenge website also contains more information about the Challenge as well as complete rules, terms, and conditions.

The U.S. Department is seeking models of sustainable makerspaces that it can share with educators to encourage the creation of affordable, scalable, and replicable makerspaces. Schools interested in participating in the Challenge must submit their first round submission consisting of school details and makerspace goals by April 1, 2016 at 11:59:59 Eastern Time.

The CTE Makeover Challenge was announced last year at the 2015 White House Maker Faire in support of President Barack Obama’s Nation of Makers call to action. The all-hands-on-deck call seeks to give students access to a new class of technologies – such as 3D printers, laser cutters, and desktop machine tools – that are enabling Americans to design, build, and manufacture just about anything.

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You can also view the complete Federal Register Notice here.

We look forward to seeing what schools envision for their makerspaces – spaces that will help students gain essential 21st-century career skills, such as critical thinking, planning, and communication.