When students explore STEM in the classroom, one of the key barriers to engagement is that it can be hard for students to make connections between STEM concepts and their own lives. At STEM Minds, we think that these connections are crucial. When students can understand how a theory or concept applies to their own lives, their communities, or the world around them, it can make a huge difference in not only their understanding of the topic, but also their interest in it

We know that these connections are not always emphasized in the classroom, where most students are first introduced to STEM. Moreover, while theoretical concepts are often stressed in academic settings, we know that it is very rewarding and meaningful for students to see and experience how STEM can be used to solve real world problems


We launched the first ever STEM Minds 3D Design Competition to create an experience that would allow students to explore 3D design in a way that would contextualize the value of STEM learning

This competition was open to individuals in grades 4-8 across the world. The challenge was to create a 3D design in connection with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Students were given prompts related to clean water, food security, health and wellbeing, and other key social and environmental issues

As part of the competition, students received access to our full 3D Designcourse to support their learning


Over 80 participants joined the competition, and we had a very challenging time narrowing the submissions down to just our top 5 designs. With more than 400 votes cast, we were very pleased to award our grand prize winner an awesome prize pack including a Surface Go Laptop sponsored by Microsoft, a year’s subscription to Brainspace Magazine, and free access to our online learning platform, STEAM Hub

We’d like to thank all students who participated and shared their innovative designs with us, as well as Microsoft and Brainspace Magazine for their generous sponsorship

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