Challenge Closed

Deadline: Feb 28, 2016 11:59 PM EST

Total Entries: 817

MakerEd Project Challenge

Thingiverse designers are always ahead of the curve. You’re shaping the future of 3D printing and design every day. But we think you can do even more. Let's shape some young minds, too. We’re challenging you to turn your designs into projects that can help educators bring 3D printing into the classroom. For every design, old and new, you make into a qualifying project, you’ll be entered into a lottery to win a MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D printer. Enter as many times as you like.


First Place

The first-place winner of this Challenge will be randomly selected from all qualifying entries and will receive a MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer and have their design and Project featured on Thingiverse. Enter as many Things as you like, as long as each one follows the Project qualifications listed below.

Runner-Up Winners

Ten runner-up winners will be randomly selected from all qualifying entries and will receive one roll of MakerBot PLA Filament and be featured in a Thingiverse Collection.

Featured Projects

A team of educators will select and feature particularly great Projects in Thingiverse Collections to help inspire and support the MakerEd community.

How to Enter

Don’t worry if you’re not a formal educator, or haven’t taught the project that you are suggesting. Everyone can help inspire a 3D MakerEd Project! All classrooms are unique, so try to focus on the general objectives, flow, and results of your project, and leave room for educators to adapt it to their needs.

In order for a Thing to qualify as an entry in the MakerEd Project Challenge, it must include each of the components listed below to a satisfactory level. Please refer to the Empire State Building + MakerEd Project model on Thingiverse as a guiding example.

  1. At least one uploaded STL file: The 3D file(s) could act as starter models, examples, manipulatives, demonstrations, challenges, tutorials, or sample designs for your Project.
  2. At least one uploaded photo: Photos could be of printed models or of your Project in action. Please make sure your photo appears in the first spot of the Gallery as the “Cover” of your Thing.
  3. “Summary” section filled out with: A short description of either the 3D model, the Project, or both.
  4. “How I Designed This” section filled out, if appropriate: Explain any relevant 3D design tips or walkthroughs related to the actual creation of the 3D design file.
  5. “Project” description in the Custom Section, as follows (this is the key part!): Add a Custom Section and change its title to “Project: Title Of Your Project”. Then add Text blocks with subsection titles to match the boldface sections listed below.
    • Objectives: List what students would be expected to learn from participating in this Project.
    • Audiences: List the grades, ages, or skill levels that would be appropriate for this Project.
    • Preparation: List anything students that should already know about or have done before starting this project, and/or any necessary technology, resources, or materials.
    • Steps! Finally, here’s the part where you can describe your Project idea! Describe the flow of your Project, including any step-by-step guidance that you can provide.
    • Results: Describe what students should have designed, made, printed, or achieved at the end of your Project, and any ideas you have for grading or assessment.
  6. The following Tags:
    • #MakerEdChallenge
    • At least one of #ScienceProject, #MathProject, #ArtProject, #HistoryProject, #EnglishProject, #MusicProject, #DesignProject, #EngineeringProject, #RoboticsProject, or some similar Tag.
    • At least one relevant Tag entered into the “Design Tools Used” field, to describe the modeling tool(s) needed to create the Thing or project outcome.
Formatting and file management tips for uploading a new Thing:
  • You can add images and videos between Text blocks in the Instructions.
  • As appropriate, images added to Instructions can also be added to the Thing Gallery.
  • To make a video appear in the Gallery, include a YouTube link in the Thing Summary.
  • It is possible to add PDFs and other filetypes to the file Gallery of your Thing.
  • Re-order the images and videos in your Gallery so that the most engaging ones are first.
  • Asterisk-lists in the Instructions will be converted into nicely formatted bullet-point lists.
  • To add an active link, type this: [Name of link](

Official Rules

MakerEd Project Challenge (“Contest”)

OFFICIAL RULES as defined by MakerBot Industries, LLC (“Sponsor”).

CONTEST ENTRY DATES: Contest start date & time and end date & time as outlined on website is Monday, 11/23/2015 at 12:00AM EST to Sunday, 2/28/2016 at 11:59PM EST. All entries must be received no later than 2/28/2016 at 11:59PM EST.

WHO MAY ENTER: Contest is only open to (“Thingiverse”) account holders who are 13 and over at the time of entry (“Contestant” or “Contestants”). Contestants are subject to all notices posted online, including but not limited to, the Terms of Use for Employees and their immediate families (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) or those living in the same household (whether or not related) of Sponsor, and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, prize suppliers, distributors and advertising and promotion agencies (collectively, “Contest Parties”) are not eligible to enter or win. Contestants under 18 years old must obtain written consent of a parent or legal guardian in order to be eligible to receive any prizes. Please see “ACKNOWLEDGMENT” in these Official Rules for details. Contest is subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations and is void where is prohibited, taxed, or restricted by law. Residents of the province of Quebec in Canada, Cuba, Iran, Syria, North Korea, Sudan, Myanmar (Burma), or other individuals restricted by U.S. export controls and sanctions are ineligible to participate. The Contest is void in these countries and where prohibited or restricted by U.S. or local law.

CONTEST OBJECTIVE: The objective of the Contest is to invite Thingiverse Account Holders to create and upload a design that includes the MakerEd Project Challenge requirements (“Design”) as specified above. The Design must fit within a build volume of a MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer (5th Generation) or MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer.

CONTEST ENTRY: To enter, click “Enter Challenge” on the Contest’s click-through landing page and upload the Design with the hashtag: #MakerEdChallenge. For purposes of these Official Rules, “receipt” of entry occurs when Thingiverse’s server records the entry information resulting from Contestants’ entry being received. Any automated computer receipt (such as one confirming delivery of entry) does not constitute proof of actual receipt by Sponsor for purposes of these Official Rules. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entry for any reason, in its sole and absolute discretion.

JUDGING: The Sponsor will randomly select a first-place winner and ten runner-up winners (“Winner” or “Winners”) from the pool of valid entries based on the following criteria: creativity, printability, and compliance with the MakerEd Requirements. Contestants may submit multiple Designs to increase their chances of being selected and the odds of winning will depend upon the number of entries received. In the event of any ties, Winners will be determined based in the Sponsor’s sole discretion. In all cases, Sponsor’s decision is final and binding.

WINNER NOTIFICATION: Winners will be determined after the Contest’s end date and announced on Thingiverse by March 31, 2016.

PRIZE(S): The first place Winner will: (a) receive a MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer (Fifth Generation Model) valued at $2,899.00 + tax USD, and (b) have their Design featured on Thingiverse. The four runner-up Winners will: (a) receive one (1) spool of MakerBot PLA filament, with a retail value of up to $100.00 + tax, and (b) have their Design featured in a collection on Thingiverse. Winners are solely responsible for all expenses, costs or fees associated with acceptance and/or use of the prize, including without limitation, all taxes (if any). A Winner is not a recipient of a prize until Sponsor has verified Contestant as a Winner. Sponsor will be deemed to have awarded the prize to a Winner after it has been formally transferred and such Winner will then assume full responsibility for the prize(s). When shipping overseas, Winners are responsible for any and all fees associated with value added tax (VAT), taxes or customs. All prize selections are at Sponsor’s sole discretion.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: By entering in this Contest: - Contestants agree and accept these Official Rules. - Entry must be the creative work of the Contestant and must not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person and must not violate any law. Contestant assumes all responsibilities and consequences if submission is found to be otherwise. Sponsor will not be held responsible if legal action results from public exhibition. - Contestant acknowledges that MakerBot will use 3D-printed prints of the winning Designs and images of the winning 3D-printed prints of the winning Designs for promotional and commercial purposes, including, but not limited to, events, marketing material, retail store displays, and use by distributors and resellers of products of Sponsor. - Contestant waives any right to inspect or approve finished photographs, audio, video, multimedia, or advertising recordings and copy or printed matter or computer generated scanned image and other electronic media that may be used in conjunction therewith or to approve the eventual use that it might be applied. - Winning constitutes permission (except where prohibited by law) to use Winner’s name, images, hometown, likeness, prizes won, stories, audio, video and photograph (all at Sponsor’s discretion) for future advertising, exhibition, publicity in any and all media including, without limitation, cable and broadcast television and the Internet, now or hereafter devised throughout the world in perpetuity, without additional compensation, notification or permission. - After the winning notifications, written consent of acceptance of these Official Rules for any Winner under the age of 18 must be given via electronic mail to [email protected] or via regular mail to Sponsor’s address listed in these official rules (“Sponsor Address”) within fifteen (15) business days, after which consent will be confirmed by Sponsor. The written consent must contain: (a) name, (b) regular mailing address, (c) telephone number, and (d) email address for the parent or guardian granting consent for the minor. Except where prohibited by law, parent or guardian of a Winner may be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability and Publicity Release and provide any additional information that may be required by Sponsor. If required, parent or guardian of a Winner must return all such required documents via fax (or as otherwise instructed) within forty-eight (48) hours and via U.S. Mail within seven (7) days following attempted notification or such Winner will be deemed to have forfeited the prize and another Contestant may be selected based on the judging criteria described herein.

SUBMISSION PROBLEMS: Sponsor is not responsible for lost, misdirected, damaged, altered, garbled, incorrect, incomplete or delayed entries; all of which will be void. Additionally, Sponsor is not responsible for problems related to technical malfunctions of electronic equipment, computer online systems, computer hardware or software failures, or failure of any entry to be received by Sponsor on account of any technical problems, including miscommunication or connection failure, which may limit a Contestant’s ability to participate in this Contest. Sponsor reserves the right to modify or terminate the Contest in the event it becomes technically impaired, and to cancel or suspend the Contest in its entirety should unauthorized intervention corrupt the administration of the Contest and, if terminated, at Sponsor’s discretion, determine the Winner using all non-suspect, eligible entries received up to time of cancellation using the judging procedure outlined above. In the event of a dispute regarding entries received from multiple users having the same email account, the authorized subscriber of the email account at the time of entry will be deemed to be the Contestant and must comply with these Official Rules. Authorized subscriber is the natural person who is assigned the email address by the online service provider. Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the operation of this Contest.

DATA PRIVACY: Data privacy and protection is very important to Sponsor. The privacy practices of this Contest are governed by MakerBot’s Privacy Policy and the privacy provision in the Terms of Service.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ASSIGNMENT OF RIGHTS: Each design shall be ascribed a Secondary License as stipulated in the Thingiverse Terms of Use to allow for Sponsor’s use for marketing and promotional purposes. Sponsor shall have the exclusive authority to remove or retain entries and to repost on any of Sponsor’s websites or social media sites. By submitting an entry, Contestant acknowledges and agrees that Sponsor may obtain many submissions under this Contest and that such entries may be similar or identical in format to others submitted under this Contest and/or other contests staged and/or sponsored by Sponsor, and waive any and all claims Contestant may have had, may have, and/or may have in the future, and that any composition or design accepted, reviewed and/or used by Sponsor (or its respective designees) may be similar to the Contestant’s entry. Contestant acknowledges and agrees that Sponsor does not have now, nor shall have in the future, any duty or liability, direct or indirect, vicarious, contributory, or otherwise, with respect to the infringement or protection of any copyright in and to Contestant’s entry.

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: By entering and/or accepting prize, Contestants and Winners agree to hold and assign Sponsor and its promotional partners, directors, officers, and employees harmless for liability, damages, or claims for injury or loss to any person or property, relating to, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, participation in this Contest, the acceptance and/or subsequent use or misuse or condition of any of the prizes awarded, or claims based on publicity rights, defamation, or invasion of privacy. Under no circumstances will Contestants be permitted to obtain awards for, and Contestants hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental or consequential damages, or any other damages, including attorneys’ fees, and Contestant (or, if an eligible minor, Contestant’s parent or legal guardian) further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.

CHOICE OF LAW: All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of Contestants and Sponsor in connection with this Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the substantive laws of the State of New York, USA without regard to New York choice of law rules.

SEVERABILITY: If any provision of these Official Rules is found to be invalid or unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction or appointed arbitrator, such determination shall in no way affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision herein.

WINNERS LIST: Winners will be announced on Thingiverse on or before Thursday, March 31, 2016.

SPONSOR ADDRESS: MakerBot Industries, LLC, One MetroTech Center, 21st Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201