By Michael Berliner, March 24th, 2016
The Handibot® Smart Power Tool, Adventure Edition. ShopBot is donating two of the tools to the CTE Makeover Challenge

The Handibot® Smart Power Tool, Adventure Edition. ShopBot is donating two of the tools to the CTE Makeover Challenge, as well as introductory training.

ShopBot Tools is proud and excited to be a leading sponsor of the CTE (Career & Technical Education) Makeover Challenge, an initiative of the U.S. Department of Education.What’s the big idea? Schools can enter their design for a school-based makerspace, and the winning schools will win resources to make those makerspaces for real! You need to enter by April 1, 2016 — so if you’re an educator or know an educator, help spread the word NOW.

Here are some details from the CTE Makeover Challenge site:

“The U.S. Department of Education (ED) invites schools to enter the CTE Makeover Challenge by submitting a design for a CTE makerspace.”

“A makerspace is an environment or facility that provides resources, materials, and equipment for students to conceive, create, and collaborate through making….Through making, educators enable students to immerse themselves in problem-solving and the continuous refinement of their projects while learning essential 21st-century career skills, such as critical thinking, planning, and communication.”

All eligible schools will gain access to the CTE Makeover Bootcamp, a 6-week program that provides resources and expertise in makerspace design and planning. $200,000 in cash and other prizes will be distributed to a maximum of 10 honorees to turn their vision for a makerspace into a reality. Honorees will produce and submit a video tour of their constructed makerspaces and compile an online portfolio of materials for use in the CTE Makerspace Showcase, which will take place at the World Maker Faire in New York City in October 2016.”

What ShopBot is doing to help.

ShopBot Tools is getting involved in a big way. We’re helping the winning schools by donating Handibot® Smart Power Tools, our portable CNC tool. We’re donating our time by offering training classes, webinars and blogs to help teachers and students set up and get the most from their digital fabrication tools; and we’re even providing credit toward purchase of a ShopBot CNC tool.

Sallye Coyle, ShopBot’s Director of Community Outreach, explained ShopBot’s decision to support the CTE Makeover Challenge. “We think it’s great that the CTE Makeover Challenge has been designed with workforce preparedness in mind,” said Sallye. “The skills that students acquire working in makerspaces translate directly into the real world of technology-based product development and manufacturing. It’s become clear that there are job opportunities in US-based firms, but properly trained people are in short supply. These makerspaces are helping prepare high school and college graduates to find work in 2016.”

ShopBot Tools are used in countless schools, makerspaces, FabLabs, and other community-based learning environments in the U.S. and around the world. We’re thrilled that this Makeover Challenge is underway. It’s yet another initiative that will help the next generation be prepared for the future of work that involves understanding and using emerging technology.

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March 24th, 2016 | Tags: , | Category: Career and Technical, Education, STEM

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