We've always been strongly dedicated to promoting STEM in education. And at the 2016 Maker Faire Bay Area in San Francisco, this May 21-22, we've found a fun, new way to do it! We're proud to present the amazing creative work of young students, from four schools from across the United States, in our first ever Gumball Capsule Challenge.
What is the Maker Faire?The Maker Faire is not just any event - it's a worldwide movement that brings together hobbyists and professionals to celebrate creativity and grassroots innovation in all its forms. The Maker Faire Bay Area is one of the largest Maker Faires in the world and was attended by over 145,000 people last year. We wouldn't miss it for the world, and if you're visiting you can find Ultimaker in the EXPO hall in Zone 2. We'll have a lot of cool things going on at our booth, not the least of which is the Gumball Capsule Challenge.
What is the Gumball Capsule Challenge?
Four schools were chosen to participate in our Gumball Capsule Challenge at this Maker Faire. Each of these four schools received vending capsules and spools of filament from us. Students from each school designed various gadgets that they could 3D print, with the only constraint being that the prints would be able to fit inside the capsules.
There'll be four classic gumball machines at the Maker Faire, one for each school, containing the capsules with their student-made creations. The machines will be waiting for you to purchase each school's goods for a mere 50 cents per capsule!
We'll keep every gumball machine topped up with the schools' capsules for the duration of the Maker Faire. Once the faire is over we'll collect the machines, pop them open and see how well each school did. All the schools will receive the money collected by their respective gumball machine to fund their STEM initiatives! And even better, the school whose machine contains the most quarters will win the grand prize: an Ultimaker 2+ 3D printer.
Who is participating?
The schools chosen to participate in the Gumball Capsule Challenge are:
- River Bend Middle School in Sterling, North Virginia
- Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn Heights, New York
- Comstock High School in Kalamazoo, Michigan
- Advanced Learning Center in Springville, Utah
So if you're headed to Maker Faire this year, definitely swing by and put some quarters in the machines - yours might be the last that one of these schools needed to get their hands on a 3D printer!