The Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge invites middle school, high school, and college-level students worldwide to send the Stratasys 3D printing company their best, innovative, and creative redesigns. Everyone who enters a design will receive an official Extreme Redesign t-shirt. The top 10 entries for each category will be printed on a Stratasys 3D Printer. After final judging, 3D models will be sent to students along with a $50 USD (approximately €35) gift card. Additional first, second, and third place prizes will also be awarded to the winning entries in each of the three categories.
Mozilla and the National Science Foundation are hosting an open innovation challenge with the goal of showing how next-generation networks can revolutionize healthcare, education, public safety, energy, and more. Participants win funding and support to make their apps a reality. $485,000 in prizes are available across three rounds.
For the second year, NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia is sending student experiments 98 miles into space as part of an educational project called RockSat-X, a joint effort between the space agency and the Colorado Space Grant Consortium. This year’s experiments were developed by teams from Baylor University and Virginia Tech, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and the University of Puerto Rico.
A record 25 student engineering teams designed, built and then raced hybrid and electric racecars in the April 29 – May 2 Formula Hybrid International Race, now in its sixth year. IEEE’s The Institute reported that teams from Brigham Young University and Universite de Sherbrooke, in Quebec, jointly won first place in the hybrid category. The Canadian team also won the Ford Efficiency Award for the best engineered and executed energy-efficient design.
Heard of Maker Faire, a California rite of spring for hackers, inventors, and do-it-yourself creators? A group of engineering and design students, mostly from Stanford, has picked up the idea and taken it on the road. After raising $300,000 to outfit a panel truck with rapid-prototyping tools, including two 3-D printers, a laser cutter, sewing machines, and a clay oven, the students have spent the summer driving their “educational build-mobile” across the country to spread the fun of hands-on learning and show kids how “to find their inner maker.” Aboard the SparkTruck, they park at schools, libraries, and children’s museums to demonstrate what a child’s natural urge to build a tree house, say, can produce with high-tech equipment. Read more here and here and follow the journey on their website.