STEM Maker Challenge for 2016-2017 is now over. Please browse our Project Showcase page for classroom ideas
With innovation-based learning becoming increasingly vital, Chevron, the Houston Texans, and the Children’s Museum of Houston present the STEM Maker Challenge. The STEM Maker Challenge serves to imbibe team-work, cooperation, and resourcefulness, while giving 6th, 7th, and 8th grade teachers and students the opportunity to enhance their learning atmosphere with an interesting STEM class project. The most outstanding submissions will be rewarded and showcased at the Children’s Museum of Houston in an exciting exhibit and in our Project Showcase.

After concluding the 2016 STEM Maker Challenge, we are excited to share some of the submitted projects on this website to serve as a database of teacher lesson plans to inspire various educational Maker efforts in the world. Now, educators throughout the country have access to these lesson plans and are able to incorporate Making in their curriculum and classrooms!

What are the requirements for participation?
  1. Must be a classroom teacher at a Harris County public or public charter school.
  2. Participating educators must currently teach a 6th, 7th or 8th grade classroom.
RULES | SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS | TEACHER/STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Teams should have a minimum of two (2) and a maximum of five (5) students.?
  • Maker Projects should address one or more STEM concepts.
  • Projects should be created during class time as a part of curriculum.
  • No toxic materials should be used.
  • Projects designed to test human subjects will not be accepted.
  • The teacher must supervise the project at all times and ensure safety of the project itself and of the equipment in use.
  • All unassembled materials used for project must fit in a standard paper bag and not exceed the bag's capacity. For projects submitted within the $10 price cap, all unassembled materials should fit within a 5" x 3-1/8" x 9-3/4" standard paper bag. For projects submitted within the $25 price cap, all unassembled materials should fit within a 7" x 12" x 17" standard bag.
  • The value of all materials used to create each project must fit within the selected division price cap.
  • Teachers can submit more than 1 project as long as the projects are distinct in design and concept.
  • There are no restrictions on tools, but materials must fall within a price cap. A tool is used to make the project, but is not itself part of the finished project. While, a material is any part of the finished project.
An online form will be provided for teachers to submit their team's project.
All submissions will be required to provide the items and information below.
  • 8-10 photos of the project's steps with descriptions.
  • Signed teacher and student photo releases
  • Short Video
  • Team or class photo with teacher and project
  • Lesson Plan (Lesson Plans should be clear, concise, and reproducible)
  • TEKS covered by project
  • Projects missing any of the above criteria will be rendered INCOMPLETE and will not be considered.
Teacher ResponsibilitiesStudent Responsibilities


  1. Design and supervise the project within the rules
  2. Create a project lesson plan
  3. Define applicable TEKS
  4. Submit all entry materials online
  5. Provide a description of project supplies
  6. Sign teacher photo release
  1. Plan and execute project during class time
  2. Document the steps of the project
  3. Turn in signed student photo releases
Registration ............................................................................................................................................... Currently Open
Finalized judging metrics available on website ..................................................................... TBD
Online submissions open ................................................................................................................... TBD
Participants execute project with class ...................................................................................... TBD
All online submissions due ............................................................................................................... TBD
Outstanding submissions announced by email and on website..................................... TBD

Judging Description

Outstanding lesson plan and project submissions will be reviewed by a panel of STEM professionals. 11 projects will be recognized based on quality, completeness, and overall contribution to the Maker Movement.

1 Grand Prize
2 Judges Choice Awards
8 Honorable Mentions

Judges have the right to disqualify any entry that is not in compliance with the guidelines. Projects missing any of the above criteria will be rendered INCOMPLETE and will not be considered by the judging panel.

 

The judging criteria and rubric were published during the beginning of the Fall 2016 semester.

The decisions of the judges is final.
PRIZES
A total of 11 outstanding projects will be awarded the prizes below:
RESOURCES

Inspiration

Downloads

Video on K-12 Making by SSU Startup Release Agreement – Adult
Maker Space in Education Series: Part I (Reasons your students should be making) Release Agreement – Minor
Maker Space in Education Series: Part II (10 sites to start making in the classroom) Lesson Plan Template
How the Maker Movement is Transforming Education
5 Ways to Bring Maker Education into Your Classroom
Registration is NOW Open!

Sign up to participate in the STEM Maker Challenge: