Design It Make It @ Tinkerfest


Design It Make It is part of the Tinkerfest event and invites K-12 teams to solve a real world problem by designing and building a solution that improves animal health and safety.

Teams will compete against makers and tinkerers from across Indiana to become one of the finalists presenting at Tinkerfest.

If you are interested in participating please register your team at this link, and plan to join us for one of the upcoming challenge webinars, where you can learn more and ask questions. Webinar information can be found below.


Design It Make It Challenge Description

Evaluation & Judging Rubric

Design It Make It Challenge - Submission Instructions

Design It Make It Challenge - Registration

Team Locations

Below is a map showing where all the current teams signed up for the Design It Make It Challenge are located.


Frequently asked questions (faqs)

1. What do you mean by “digital technologies?”

These include, but are not limited to: robotics, microcontrollers (e.g., micro:bit or Arduino), microcomputers (e.g., RaspberryPi) or IoT (Internet of Things) devices.

2. What areas of health can we focus on?

We are thinking of health broadly. Teams might work toward solving issues in physical health (like ailments, diseases, disabilities), mental health (e.g., anxiety, depression) or making healthy lifestyle choices (e.g., healthy eating, exercise).

3. Can students be from different grade bands? (For example, can 2 students from 4th grade and one from 5th be on the same team?)

Teams will be evaluated within the following grade bands: K-4, 5-8, 9-12. If a team is composed of students from across multiple grade bands, the highest grade will be used as their grade level for the Showcase evaluation.

4. If I create an app, software, or digital technologies solution using a laptop, does the laptop count as a part of my $100 budget?

No, laptops are not included in the budget and the $100 is a ceiling of expense for teams in a attempt to level the playing field. Don’t consider the $100 a budget you should try to meet.

5. What if my team is not from a school? Can we still participate?

Possibly, the program is designed for educators to assist students through a making process with a focus on design thinking. Please email and let's discuss your options.

6. Do I have to attend both webinars?

No, webinars are just an opportunity to ask questions and dig deeper with the Design It Make It team. They are not required and the information will repeat itself with the exception of any questions others might ask.

7. What is the maximum number of students in a group?

Design It Make it has not established a maximum student group number, but each student should have an active and demonstrated role in the project, so please plan accordingly.

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