Create to Educate Lesson Plan Contest

Ends November 30, 2017

This contest has ended

Thanks to all the participants - we love you!

Create to Educate Lesson Plan Contest

3D printers are quickly becoming a popular tool for teaching STEAM subjects and 3D design principles. By enhancing lesson plans with 3D printed objects, it allows students to interact with the curriculum in a personal way and makes the lesson more engaging.   Help inspire students to learn and solve problems through 3D technology by creating a lesson plan with a 3D printing or 3D design component. It can be a lesson for any subject. Submissions must include a PDF of the lesson plan and at least one .stl file. You do not need to be a teacher to enter. Check out these sample lesson plans for inspiration:   Dodecahedron Lesson Plan - Visualizing 3D Objects The Three States of Matter Lesson Plan   For more ideas on how to create a lesson plan that integrates 3D printing, check out Pinshape's Education Page   To access common core standards to make sure your lesson plan will be applicable in the classroom, please see the Common Core Standards Website

1st Place

  • Ultimaker 3
  • MatterControl T7X
  • MatterHackers Pro PLA

2nd Place

  • Crafty 3D Printing Pen from MatterHackers
  • $100 MatterHackers Gift Cad

3rd Place

  • $50 MatterHackers Gift Card
  • Logo matterhackers
  • Logo ultimaker

How To Enter

  1. Upload your lesson plan PDF and related .STL file

  2. Once you’ve created your masterpiece, upload it to Pinshape and make sure to check a box on the upload form that says:

    Submit this model to the Create to Educate Lesson Plan Contest

    Upload My Design Now

Rules & Eligibility

  1. Designs must be original works and not remixes of someone else's design, or a pre-existing character.
  2. Entries cannot have been previously submitted to a Pinshape contest.
  3. Entries must comply with Pinshape’s content policy.
  4. Entrants must be registered with Pinshape to enter.
  5. There is no fee to enter the challenge.
  6. Entrants can submit as many unique entries as they would like.
  7. Contest open worldwide.

Judging Criterion

  • 30 points

    How well defined is the objective of the lesson plan and does the lesson achieve it's objective?

  • 20 points

    Does the lesson plan include a relevant .stl file that enhances learning outcomes and (if applicable) instructions on how students can make their own?

  • 30 points

    How engaging and interesting is the lesson plan?

  • 20 points

    Does the lesson plan specify which state standards it is following & adhere to those standards?

Please note - having your model 3D printed does help illustrate ease of printing and image quality.
If you are a 3D designer who don’t have access to a 3D printer, please use this thread in our forums to reach out to a maker in the community who can print your design for you!


Mark Simmons

Technology Director | Sabine Pass ISD

Mark has worked in the Information Technology field for 20+ years with the last 5 years in education. He obtained his MS in Information Technology from American InterContinental University. He has deployed a 1:1 Chromebook environment multiple times. Mark is a gadget guy, always looking for ways to integrate new innovative technology into classroom curriculum. He has effectively incorporated 3D printing and drones from elementary to high school, making every classroom a "hackerspace". He is currently the Technology Director at Sabine Pass ISD. He is a certified Google Administrator and Educator Level 1 and 2.

Matthew C. Hartman

Educational Content Manager at NSTA

Matthew Hartman has been working with NSTA for the last six years as a course developer and eCYBERMISSION Educational Content manager. Before that he spent 8 years in a high school classroom teaching various subjects including AP Environmental Science and Algebra I. In his spare time he can be seen on stage performing improv comedy and on the ice playing hockey.

Heather Wolpert-Gawron

Middle School Teacher

Heather was the 2013 Department of Education Profiled Connected Educator as well as the San Gabriel Valley Computer Using Education TOY for 2009. She is the author of such books as: Just Ask Us: Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement, DIY for Project Based Learning for ELA and History, DIY for Project Based Learning for Math and Science, Writing Behind Every Door: Teaching Common Core Writing in the Content Areas, and ‘Tween Crayons and Curfews: Tips for Middle School Teachers. She has been a staff blogger for Edutopia since 2008 and shares all things middle school at Heather is passionate about Project Based Learning and believes the Maker Movement for teachers is in curriculum design.

Josh Ajima

IFT - Loudoun Academy of Science & Dominion High School

Designer. Maker. Teacher. Stanford #FabLearn Fellow. #CTEMakeover Challenge Winner. @Formlabs 3D Design Award Winner - Top Educational Design. @Inventables 50 States Carver Winner - Virginia. @Thingiverse Featured. @Make Digital Fabrication Review Team 2014/2015. 2nd place Outsider Art Fair NY 2016 Babel competition. Blogger at By day: Instructional Facilitator, Technology for the Loudoun Academy of Science & Dominion High School, Loudoun County Public Schools.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of files can I submit for the challenge?

We accept .STL, .MCX, .AMF, .3MF, .DXF, .IGES, .DWG, .STEP, .ACIS, .OBJ, .FORM, .PDF, .DOCX, .TXT and .ZIP files. You can submit up to a max of 150 files and 25 photos (this is photos of the design not files for the design). 100MB is the maximum total file size.

What happens to my design if I win?

You will keep ownership of the design and it will remain available to everyone in the Pinshape community to enjoy!

Can I submit designs I’ve made available on other sites or for other contests?

Yes you can. If it isn’t on Pinshape yet and it is something you’ve designed, it’s fair game!

Do I still own my designs when I post them?

Of course! We will never take over control of your work, we’re on your side.

When/how will the winners be announced?

The winner will be announced in the week following the end of the contest, in a post on the Pinshape blog. If you’re a winner, you’ll be contacted directly by the Pinshape team.

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