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Challenge Details
YOUR CHALLENGE IS:

CREATE A 3D MODEL OF A WEARABLE PIN THAT THANKS VETERANS

ENTRIES DUE: November 11, 2021 | 10:00 PM PT

VOLUNTEER TO JUDGE (18+)
If you are a fourth to eighth grade student in the United States, your Challenge is to create a digital 3D model of a wearable pin to be 3D printed and distributed to US veterans at the National Veterans Memorial Museum in Columbus, Ohio. Your pin should be original and designed to show appreciation or gratitude for veterans of any U.S. military service branch. To enter, please submit the following entry materials by VETERANS DAY, November 11, 2021!

  • STL file of your 3D model (max 20 MB)
  • Image of your design (digital image of the 3D model or a photo of a 3D print)
  • Text description of your entry (max 150 words)
Your entry will be reviewed by judges including US service members and veterans. The top 10 finalist designs will be 3D printed, glued to pin backs (if necessary), and handed out to veterans who visit the museum. Finalists will also each receive a $100 gift card towards a professional 3D print of their design. The challenge winner will win a 3D printer donated to the school, library, or organization of their choice! Get creative ... and good luck!
 
 

DATES / JUDGING CRITERIA / PRIZES

You have to play by the rules to win.

WHO CAN ENTER

Fourth to eighth grade students attending a public, private, or home school in the United States, including U.S. territories or possessions and schools operated by the U.S. for the children of US personnel overseas. For all eligibility requirements, please refer to the rules.
Students Grades 4-8

JUDGING CRITERIA

Grades 4-8
 
50
POINTS
Your design's ability to help a Veteran feel appreciated
25
POINTS
Quality of the 3-D design
25
POINTS
Creativity and originality of the design

HOW TO ENTER

Please review the Challenge Rules and Design Guidelines prior to creating your entry.

Challenge Rules Design Guidelines

TEACHERS
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STUDENTS
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PROGRAM DATES
Challenge Launch
08
September
Entries Close
11
November
Finalists Announced
28
January
Winners Announced
04
February
Challenge Launch
08
September
Entries Close
11
November
Finalists Announced
28
January
Winners Announced
04
February

PRIZES

 

Dive Into The Challenge

Lesson Plan Details and Challenge Tips!

1. Links & Lessons

Engineering Design Process

2. Digital Tools

Create a 3D model

3. Brainstorm & Design

Plan your design
Links & Lessons
Digital Tools
Brainstorm & Design
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Links & Lessons
Digital Tools
Brainstorm & Design

LEARN ABOUT THE CHALLENGE

Learn about the Engineering Design Process, Veteran's Day, and 3D modeling concepts.

Brainstorm & Design

When planning your pin design, think about both form and function. Pins can come in a variety of shapes, styles, and colors. Pins can even bend and have movement. With 3D design, the possibilities are endless. Use the topics below to help brainstorm your pin design.
Brainstorming Idea
GRAPHIC COMMUNICATION

A picture is worth a thousand words, and you can include one in your pin design. Think about the types of symbols and images you can use in your design. What symbols represent veterans and or gratitude? How will you incorporate them into your 3D design?

Brainstorming Idea
TEXT

Will your pin have text? If the answer is “yes”, what will your pin say and how will it communicate your message?  Will you use letters, braille, or something else? Will you use an existing font or create your own? You have limited space so choose your letters/words wisely. 

Brainstorming Idea
MECHANICAL MOVEMENT

Pins can dangle, bobble, sway, slide, and spin. Will your design include movement? Dangle pins typically have an extension from the base of the pin that hands from small loops of chains. Bobble pins use a spring to create their giggly motion. Slider pins have a piece that slides back and forth across the base of a pin. Spinner pins have parts that can move 360 degrees. What kind of moving pin will you choose and how will your design make it happen?

Brainstorming Idea
INTENTIONAL COLOR

Whether you use pastels, primary, bright or dark colors, color choice can have meaning. For example, light red or pink often represents love and red, white and blue represent freedom. Being intentional with the color your 3D print can bring an added layer of meaning to your pin.

Brainstorming Idea
FLAT ART vs SCULPTURAL

Three-dimensional objects have width, height, and depth. How will you vary the size of your height, width, and depth to bring your pin idea to life? Will your pin be flat, or will it pop out like 3D sculpted object?

Brainstorming Idea
PRINT-IN-PLACE

Print-in-place models are unique 3D models that have hinges, links, and joints that create movable parts in one print. With this design style, your pin could flex bend, and move. If you want your pin to have mobility, print-in-place could be a good option.

Digital Tools

Learn about different tools you can use to create a 3D model
Online Service
Make basic 3D models by stacking blocks together to create interesting 3D shapes. Good for beginner students to get interested in 3D design and 3D printing. COPPA compliant site for kids under 13.
Mac or PC (Cloud Connected)
Take your skills to the next level with Fusion 360, a professional 3D design tool. It's good for making basic parametric shapes or complicated curves. Autodesk products are offered FREE for students, but you do need a student license to run the program.
Online Service
Make basic 3D models by stacking blocks together to create interesting 3D shapes. Good for beginner students to get interested in 3D design and 3D printing. COPPA compliant site for kids under 13.

Videos / Resources

Build & Iterate

FOR THE CLASSROOM

Group Size

Split into 8 teams

Approach

Assign each team a video lesson and have them present what they learned

Material

None

Educator tools

 
 
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