Ultimaker Education Challenge announcement

Calling innovative and enthusiastic educators: Are you up for a challenge?


Due to popular demand, the deadline for this competition has been moved from September 15th 2017 to October 30th 2017.

Ruben Brandsma, an expert in education for visually impaired children, will now be serving on the panel of judges.

Are you a creative, enthusiastic, and innovative educator? Do you challenge your students to excel, discover their personal talents and learn through hands-on experimentation? Do you love sharing your thoughts, ideas, and passion for teaching with other educators? If this sounds like you, keep reading.

Ultimaker education challenge: Adding a new dimension to education

If you believe in the power of immersive education and think it’s vital that students discover their talents and learn through exploration and experimentation then we have the perfect challenge for you!

The new Ultimaker education challenge is your chance to develop a lesson plan that incorporates 3D printing for enhanced learning and win a 3D printer for your school. You’ll be a hero at your home school and get a platform to share your innovative ideas with like-minded educators around the world.  

The challenge is open to all educators and teachers in Australia, India, New Zealand, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, South Korea, and Japan

The prizes

Every prize-winning school will receive:

In addition, the winners will be invited to join Ultimaker’s Pioneer Program, and the winning projects will be uploaded to our Education platform to inspire and support other teachers around the world.

Students learning 3D printing

The submission requirements

Entries must be developed by educators for their students. The project must be innovative and useable in the classroom. It must provide an authentic learning experience that incorporates a 3D printer. The project must include a lesson plan complete with objectives, preparation, prerequisite learning, and instructions. Examples are available here. Submissions must include the following information:

  1. Name of educational institution, teacher, and contact information
  2. Institution level (primary, secondary, or university)
  3. Project duration (in hours or lessons)
  4. Number of students or groups
  5. Subjects to which the project relates
  6. Additional materials required
  7. Full description of the project

The rules

All submissions must be in English and meet the submission requirements. Projects must be submitted in full before September 15, 2017. Only teachers/educators in Australia, India, New Zealand, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, South Korea, and Japan are eligible to compete.

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Projects will be judged on presentation and visual appeal, functionality, and ease of implementation, originality and, most importantly, to what extent it reveals the potential of 3D printing.

The panel of judges includes:

  • Julia Haried, Co-founder, Maker Girl
  • Aric Rindfleisch, Executive Director, Illinois MakerLab
  • Marcella Van den Burg, Education Specialist, Ultimaker

Ready to enter?

After you have developed your project, use this link to complete the entry form and upload your project. We accept all types of file formats. If your project includes videos, STL, or PowerPoint files, simply link to them via Dropbox, WeTransfer, Google Drive, or any other file sharing link that is easily accessible.

Do you need further information, or simply need to ask a question? Feel free to contact us at education@ultimaker.com and use the email subject line “Ultimaker education challenge”.

Good luck everyone!