We're so excited to be sharing these resources with you as we aim to showcase how students can be at the forefront of digital and additive manufacturing, whilst creating life-changing assistive technology.
Just 2 weeks ago, we announced the launch of make:able – a free assistive technology and 3D printing challenge for students, developed in partnership with Autodesk. This year's brief is to 'Design and make a product or prototype that improves the day-to-day life of someone who struggles with mobility in their hands'.
We've been extremely overwhelmed and humbled with the initial interest, with over 400 schools registering 7500 students! Today we are delighted to release the online challenge toolkit and teacher's pack for the challenge, which is now available upon registering your school or organisation. For those of you who have already registered, an email has been sent to you that includes the challenge toolkit access code and a link to download the teacher's pack.
Here's a breakdown of what's included in the challenge toolkit:
• Challenge brief and criteria
• Advice from industry experts
• Inspirational stories and example solutions
• 3D design tutorials in Tinkercad and Fusion 360 software
• Guidance in finding a meaningful challenge
• Video interviews with people who struggle with hand mobility
• Human-centered worksheets and activities to develop empathy for end users
• Design-thinking worksheets and activities to identify opportunities and generate ideas
• Videos showing how to design for 3D printing
• Iterative design guidance
• Portfolio submission guidance
And here's what's included in the teacher's pack:
• Teacher's guide book
• Lesson plans to deliver make:able in 4-5 x ≈1 hour sessions
• Lesson plans to deliver make:able in 8-10 x ≈1 hour sessions
• A workshop guide to deliver make:able in 2 x ≈4 hour sessions
• Professional development and preliminary activities
• Curriculum alignment documents
• Design thinking assessment rubric
We welcome you to register your school/organisation here to gain full free access to these materials. We're so excited to be sharing these resources with you as we aim to showcase how students can be at the forefront of digital and additive manufacturing, whilst creating life-changing assistive technology.
Finally, we'd like to thank our amazing partners, education advisory board and sponsors. Make:able has been and always will be a collaborative effort to drive positive change in education globally.
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