May 2, 2017
Austin, Texas: A number of teams from schools throughout Texas competed in TCEA’s first 3D Design Contest. In its pilot year, the contest was only open to high school students; however, TCEA hopes to expand the contest to include more grade levels in subsequent years. All entries were judged by TCEA members who have experience working with 3D design fundamentals. After tallying the results, the top five winners have been announced.
EZ – Stand
N.W.A. Nail without Agony
Changing Jordan’s Life in a Click!
Archer City ISD
The winning team from Archer City ISD designed 3D printed adjustable eyeglasses that could be cheaply produced for people worldwide. They called their product Vivamus, and they hope it can help some of the 285 million people globally who suffer from vision impairment and a lack of accessible, affordable eyewear.
“All of the teams that submitted entries in the contest are to be congratulated for their hard work and creativity,” said TCEA Executive Director Lori Gracey. “The students demonstrated their ability to work collaboratively, consider and respond to universal problems, and apply critical thinking to develop solutions. And the solutions that they developed for real-world problems are absolutely amazing.”
TCEA offers student competitions like the 3D Design Contest and area and state Robotics Contests to encourage students to take an active role in learning. The 3D Design Contest asked students to showcase their learning using technology and engineering thinking to identify and solve a real-world problem. Teams were composed of no more than four high school students and a team sponsor. Each team designed a product using 3D design software. In addition to their final design, teams submitted a logbook with notes on their engineering design process and a video marketing their creation. For more information about the 3D Design Contest, see here: www.tcea.org/contests/3D-design/.
TCEA is a nonprofit, member-based organization supporting the use of technology in education in the PreK-16 environment. Our primary focus is on innovating teaching and learning through a wealth of resources for our members. We host a number of exceptional conferences and events throughout the year, provide additional professional development and certification opportunities, publish print and digital publications with valuable tips and best practices, and advocate for greater funding for technology in education.