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CTE Makeover Challenge

$200,000 in cash prizes and $378,000 in in-kind prizes to bring more makerspaces to American high schools

Department of Education

Total Cash Prizes Offered: $578,000
Type of Challenge: Creative (design & multimedia)
Partner Agencies | Non-federal: Sponsors: Snap-on Inc.,, ShopBot, Autodesk,, Dremel, Etsy Manufacturing, LEGO Education, littleBits, Maker Ed, MakerBot, Makey Makey, Microsoft, Mozilla Foundation, National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3), Printrbot,, SparkFun, Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM (TIES), Fab Foundation, U.S. Fab Lab Network
Submission Start: 03/09/2016 12:00 AM ET
Submission End: 04/01/2016 12:00 AM ET


The U.S. Department of Education has launched the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Makeover Challenge that calls upon eligible high schools to design models of makerspaces that strengthen career and technical skills through making.  Makerspaces are places that provide resources, materials, and equipment for students to conceive, create, collaborate, and learn through making.  Making and CTE both bring a hands-on learning approach that encourages students to imagine, create, tinker, and learn through the process of manufacturing, testing, and demonstrating their ideas.  Through making, CTE educators enable students to immerse themselves in problem-solving and the continuous refinement of their products while learning essential 21st-century career skills, such as critical thinking, planning, and communication.  The Department is seeking models of CTE makerspaces across a wide range of facility types, such as classrooms, libraries, and mobile spaces, that it can share with educators to encourage the creation of affordable, scalable, and replicable makerspaces.


10 High Schools Announced at the White House on June 17, 2016
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


CTE Makershools Prize Pool
Cash Prize Amount: $578,000
$200,000 cash prize pool and $378,000 in in-kind prizes to be distributed to 10 schools.


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