It’s a wrap!

The CTE Makeover Challenge culminated with our showcase at World Maker Faire, where the Challenge winners spoke about their experiences designing and building makerspaces at the “Winners Tell All” panel. The winners discussed the importance of getting early buy-in from administration, ways to give students ownership over the space, and tips for unveiling the makerspace to the school community. From one makerspace that included an artist-in-residence program to another that featured mobile carts, the audience got a taste of the creativity that made these designs stand out. Check out video tours of the winning spaces here!

Teachers from the CTE Makeover Challenge winning schools pose after their panel at World Maker Faire

Teachers from the CTE Makeover Challenge winning schools pose after their panel at World Maker Faire

The CTE Makeover Challenge is Heading to World Maker Faire!

The CTE Makeover Challenge prize winners had a very busy summer building out their makerspaces and are now gearing up to showcase their work at World Maker Faire in New York! We’re thrilled to celebrate their hard work this coming weekend and hope to see you there! Please mark your calendars for the following sessions to meet the winners and hear their insights from the Challenge.

If you are unable to attend, we invite you to follow along with #CTEMakeover and @EdPrizes on Twitter and check out the video showcase of the winners’ makerspaces below.

“Supporting Diverse Learners through Making” Panel at the Make: Education Forum
Time: Friday 9/30 at 11:15 a.m. ET
Location: New York Hall of Science Auditorium
Albert Palacios, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education at the U.S. Department of Education, will show video tours from the winners and discuss how maker education supports diverse learning needs with the following experts:

  • Janella Watson, Director of Early Childhood Education, NYSCI
  • Stephanie Chang, Director of Programs, Maker Ed
  • Gina Tesoriero, Special Education Learning Specialist and STEM Educator, MS319 Maria Theresa
  • J. Kemi Ladeji-Osias, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Morgan State University
  • Dorothy Bennett, Director of Creative Pedagogy, NYSCI

During the lunch break, the Ed Prizes team and a group of CTE Makeover prize winners will be available to discuss their Challenge experience and answer any questions on the design and development of their maker programs. If you’ll be attending, keep an eye out for us!

“Winners Tell All” Panel at World Maker Faire
Time: Saturday 10/1 at 3:30 p.m. ET
Location: New York Hall of Science on the Make: Education Stage
On Saturday, we’re heading to the Make: Education stage for a Q&A session with the CTE Makeover prize winners to hear how they brought their own makerspaces to life over the course of the Challenge.

The conversation will explore various topics, such as how schools have modeled their makerspaces to reflect the particular interests of their community and their plans for utilizing their new spaces for interdisciplinary learning. The prize winners will offer practical advice on how they secured early buy-in from administrators and school leaders to grow their maker programs and discuss their challenges and learnings from the build-out phase.

We hope to see you there!


Take an Inside Look at the Winners’ Makerspaces

On June 17, we were thrilled to announce the 10 CTE Makeover Challenge prize winners at the White House Champions of Change for Making event. To help them put their makerspace plans into action, each winning school received $20,000 and a share of in-kind prizes donated by sponsors and valued at $375,000. Since the announcement, the schools have been working hard to transform a space in their school into a state of the art makerspace for students to participate in hands-on learning and learn valuable career and technical skills.

From mobile makerlabs to autoshop libraries to entrepreneurship hubs, these 10 makerspaces will serve as exceptional models for all schools working on developing their own making programs. To highlight each winner’s plans and build-out progress, we’ve launched a Winners section featuring all 10 schools.

Take a look at these exemplary makerspaces from schools across the nation:

Congratulations again to our prize winners!

Announced Today: The CTE Makeover Challenge Prize Winners

We are thrilled to share that today the U.S. Department of Education announced the ten prize winners in the CTE Makeover Challenge. Johan Uvin, Acting Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education, announced the prize winners at the White House Champions of Change for Making event this afternoon. The Challenge launched in March, calling on high schools to design makerspaces that strengthen next-generation career and technical skills. Over 640 schools from all 50 states and Washington, D.C. entered the Challenge. Eligible schools were invited to participate in a 6-week Bootcamp program to further develop their makerspace ideas, and submit their final plans to be considered for prizes.

Join us in congratulating the prize winners!

  • Burlington Technical Center, Burlington, VT
  • Capital City Public Charter School, Washington, DC
  • Carl Schurz High School, Chicago, IL
  • Clearwater High School, Piedmont, MO
  • Dominion High School, Sterling, VA
  • John H. Reagan Early College High School, Austin, TX
  • Palisades Charter High School, Pacific Palisades, CA
  • Theodore Roosevelt High School, San Antonio, TX
  • THINC College & Career Academy, Lagrange, GA
  • William B. Travis Early College High School, Austin, TX

The prize winners were recommended by a panel of judges composed of high-profile leaders in maker education, tech, and industry. Each winner will receive $20,000 in cash and a share of in-kind prizes from the $375,000 sponsor prize pool to build or renovate their makerspace. Please check back here later this summer for more information on the prize winners’ makerspace plans.

We are thrilled with the tremendous participation in the Challenge from schools across the country, and are inspired by your love of maker education. We look forward to following the development of your making programs, and hope all schools will continue to connect with other makers.

Stay tuned for details about a CTE Makeover Challenge showcase at World Maker Faire this October in New York City!