On one recent cold afternoon, local students came together at the Harold Washington Library in Chicago to explore the world of Makers. Sponsored by the Motorola Mobility Foundation (MMF), a passionate base of volunteer employees working to solve problems with technology through community outreach, the Chicago Maker Challenge was launched.
Open to all Chicago students in grades 6-12, this amazing initiative by MMF encourages students to design and make a hardware, software or combined technology that solves a community problem or helps make the world more accessible to people with disabilities. The Challenge is free to students.
Available tools included a Shapeoko 2 – CNC milling machine by Inventables, a 3D printer and work stations with littleBits set out for open exploration. The Foundation also gave out maker kits that included a littleBits Premium Kit along with craft and art materials to support student’s ideas for innovation. The MMF also offers mentorships for interested students throughout the competition.
The Motorola Mobility Foundation’s Chicago Maker Challenge is a fantastic example of how corporate sponsorship for student-focused Maker Challenges is an opportunity to encourage the next generation of inventors to feel empowered to become problem solvers, critical thinkers and creators.
We’ll be providing updates on this challenge as the students submit their ideas and the Challenge develops, with the winner showcase happening the week of May 26 at the Chicago Maker Challenge Showcase. Good luck to all the participants and happy making!