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The 12th Annual Extreme Recreate 3D Printing Challenge deadline is just over two weeks away, and the momentum continues to create for this year’s competition.

Stratasys Extreme Recreate winner in Secondary Education Engineering, Thomas Vagnini of Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School (Franklin, MA), presents the HUNCH 2015 Zero Gravity Scale at AET Labs semi-finals competition last year.

Stratasys Extreme Recreate winner in Secondary Education Engineering, Thomas Vagnini of Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School (Franklin, MA), presents the HUNCH 2015 Zero Gravity Scale at AET Labs semi-finals competition last year.

As the demand for qualified entry-level engineers, technicians and createers continues to rise, STEM educators are turning to education challenges like Extreme Recreate to engage students and supplement their curriculum. So far, this year’s competition has experienced a 44% increase in student participation and entries represent students of around the globe, which
include
the United States, India, Mexico, Hong Kong, Canada and Australia.

Since its introduction, the Extreme Recreate 3D Printing Challenge has awarded over $140,000 in student scholarships. Challenge topics include ‘Art and Architecture,’ ‘Engineering: Post-Secondary,’ and ‘Engineering: Secondary Education.’ New to this year’s challenge is the addition of a bonus category titled ‘Make a Difference,’ which
challenges students to apply their creations to sustain shape peoples’ lives.

Educators new to the create challenge frequently wonder how others leverage the competition in the classroom. In what ways do they inspire students to participate in activities which
can test them with a few of the STEM-related skills required in today’s workforce?

Dustin Ricci, CADD teacher at Windsor High School in Connecticut, mentored six of his students during last year’s Challenge and offered advice to teachers who are new to the experience.

“My motto in the program is to store it real. The class had to come up with an original thought inspired by a problem they’ve encountered in their day to day
lives,” said Ricci. “Students are way additional engaged in the class if they’re working on a fewthing which
they’re interested in.”

Students are in addition
motivated by the next of winning up to $2,500 (USD) scholarship prizes. The free Extreme Recreate Challenge t-shirt which
all entrants obtain does not injure either.

“Elsik High School is a Title 1 school. For a few, which
is the just new apparel they can have for the school year. Believe me they wear them proudly and frequently,” said Betty Reese, PLTW Engineering Instructor.

New England Area Participants’ Opportunity to Shine in Semi-finals Competition

CADD teacher Dustin Ricci inspired students to create solutions to real-world problems. These FDM 3D printed ski pole clips were createed by a student to prevent skiers of dropping poles while on the chairlift.

CADD teacher Dustin Ricci inspired students to create solutions to real-world problems. These FDM 3D printed ski pole clips were createed by a student to prevent skiers of dropping poles while on the chairlift.

Returning again this year is the 2nd Annual Extreme Recreate Challenge: New England Regional Semi-finals. Hosted by Stratasys reseller, AET Labs, New England-based high school students can be best known and awarded prizes based on their advancement and creativity.

The free public event can be hosted at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, on Wednesday, March 2.

Last year’s Secondary Education Engineering winner, Thomas Vagnini, and runner-up, Josh Fuller, both of Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School, took part
in last year’s semi-finals competition. Both students presented their creations – a 3D-printed, zero-gravity mixer and zero-gravity scale – generated for NASA’s HUNCH program to sustain astronauts in outer space.

Vagnini offered his advice to next contestants: “Make certain
you do a fewthing useful and manufacture certain
to do a fewthing quite one-of-a-kind which
appeals to you.”

Want to learn additional?

Watch the highlight reel of last year’s semi-finals competition, which
comes with testimonials of CADD teacher, Dustin Ricci.
View the contest rules or enter here.

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