Ultimaker challenges Asia-Pacific teachers to add new dimensions to education


Amsterdam: Ultimaker, the industry-leader in 3D printing technology, have issued a challenge to creative, enthusiastic educators in Asia-Pacific countries. The contest encourages innovation and hands-on learning by challenging teachers to create actionable lesson plans that incorporate 3D printing. Educators have until November to win a high-end 3D printer for their school.
The goals of the challenge are to find creative and innovative educators who boldly pioneer new technology in the classroom and to curate their inspired lesson plans to share with other teachers using the Ultimaker Pioneer Program – Ultimaker’s own education platform.
The competition is open to educators in Australia, India, New Zealand, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, South Korea, and Japan. Two winning entries in each country will receive a new Ultimaker 2+ or 3 machine for their school, free 3D printing materials, professional training, and the opportunity to share their ideas with teachers around the world through the Ultimaker Pioneer Program. Due to popular demand, the competition deadline has been extended from the original date to October 30th 2017.
Ultimaker is strongly committed to helping educators integrate 3D printing into their classrooms and college courses. CEO Jos Burger explains: “Ultimaker’s products and solutions encourage students to address real-world problems, regardless of grade level. It’s our goal to set the engineers, artists and designers of the future on the right path, and to support their learning along the way. Our 3D printing solutions are the perfect accompaniment to developing key skills in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM).”
Challenge Requirements

Project entries must be suitable for classroom use and be submitted in the form of a lesson plan
The competition is limited to teachers and educators in Australia, India, New Zealand, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, South Korea, and Japan
Entries must be submitted in English
The final deadline is October 30th 2017
Full submission requirements and rules are included on the official challenge announcement on Ultimaker’s official website.
Prizes and Judging
Two winners per country will be awarded a new Ultimaker 3D printer for their educational institution with eight spools of 3D printing material, and comprehensive training provided by
Ultimaker’s local service partners.
They will also be invited to join Ultimaker’s Pioneer Program to help to create a world-wide base of shared knowledge that will further the use of 3D printing in the classroom.
Entries will be judged by a panel of 3D printing and education professionals, including Julia Haried, Co-founder of Makergirl; Aric Rindfleisch, Executive Director of Illinois MakerLab, and Ruben Brandsma, expert in education for visual impaired children.