Our Latest: Reach Higher, CTE Makeover, and Nation of Makers

We are thrilled to share the latest on our live prize competitions. You can follow our recently launched @EdPrizes Twitter handle for all Challenge updates!

Reach Higher Career App Challenge Announces Finalists

This week, the U.S. Department of Education and First Lady’s Reach Higher Initiative announced five finalists in the Reach Higher Career App Challenge. Each finalist will receive $25,000 and advance to the Virtual Accelerator to refine their education and career guidance apps.

We look forward to working with the finalists during this next phase as they compete for the $100,000 grand prize. Stay tuned for Demo Day and the winner announcement this summer.

CTE Makeover Challenge Bootcamp Draws to a Close

In March, the Department launched the CTE Makeover Challenge, calling on high schools to submit makerspace designs that strengthen next-generation career and technical skills. Over 600 schools from all 50 states and Washington D.C. entered, and are participating in the Bootcamp phase to finalize their makerspace plans.

Participating schools will submit their final plans next week, and the Challenge will select up to 10 honorees to receive $20,000 each and additional sponsor awards. The enthusiasm and love for making has been inspiring throughout the Challenge, and we can’t wait to see what schools are planning!

Support the President’s Nation of Makers Initiative

In other making news, the White House is hosting the 2016 National Week of Making June 17-23, and the National Maker Faire June 18-19 as part of President Obama’s Nation of Makers initiative. We are excited to attend, and encourage you to spread the word about how to get involved in the following ways:

  • Nominate a White House Champion of Change by Wednesday, May 18, 2016. The White House is looking for people who are working to make advances in technology, platforms, educational opportunities, or spaces that empower even more Americans to become tinkerers, inventors, and entrepreneurs.
  • Share your role in the Maker Movement, using #NationOfMakers and #WeekofMaking on Twitter and Facebook.