Buildit Challenge is a 501c-3 charitable organization. We organize S.T.E.A.M. project fairs. Our mission is to build communities of hands-on learners who are discovering ways to apply to fix, make, build, and change the world.
Buildit Challenge began in 2016 as an extracurricular construction & engineering science fair at the Wayne-Local School District. The challenge is for students to build an original game, gadget, or model from everyday materials like cardboard and recyclables. They bring it to an event where they share the project and their ideas with classmates. Volunteers from our community of engineers, architects, and builders review projects with students and encourage our next generation of innovators and problem solvers.
What makes Buildit Challenge unique?
1. The Buildit Challenge event is fast-paced, with online scoring software to tally points in real time. After the event, participants receive scorecards, like they would at a sporting event.
2. Buildit Challenge is extracurricular. There are no grades, and it does not teach to a specific skill set like robotics, coding, or welding. Our focus is on building an inclusive communities of hands-on learners, where value is placed in sportsmanship and craftsmanship.
Here's a short list of stuff kids learn as they create a project for the Buildit Challenge:
• Students engage in and ; a process we call "."
• Students develop skills in craftsmanship, creativity, resourcefulness, perseverance, and (for many) teamwork.
• Students explore their interests and passions in design and construction, and the Buildit Challenge gives them an arena to make things that have an impact on others.
• When students talk about their projects to the volunteer reviewers, they present their ideas to a professional audience in a safe, encouraging environment.
• This event brings together hands-on learners to build a community around their talents and interests.
Awarded for merit based on consensus of volunteer judges. This prize is available for all grade levels.
Additional top prizes may be awarded by ability/ grade level based on availability per event; this information is on the registration page of your event.
Student's Choice Award
Participants receive numbered stickers at the event. While the reviewers are making their decisions, participants can vote for their favorite project with stickers. participants can not vote for their own project.
All participants will receive a token of participation (medal, ribbon, or certificate)
If a team wins a top prize, it is up to the team to decide how to share the prize that has been awarded.
We encourage students to be resourceful in getting their own supplies by recycling and reusing household items to create projects. Power tools are not necessary. Instead, try to choose materials and solutions that are easier for young engineers to manipulate with less hands-on guidance from adults.
Some Suggested Materials (this is not an exhaustive list):
Re-used / Reclaimed clean food containers
Clean plastic bottles and bottle caps
Paper towel tubes
Snap Circuits, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, LittleBits, or other safe battery powered electronics
Old fabric, pillowcases or clothes cut into scraps
Bouncy balls ( small & medium) Mini basketballs
Various small toy animals, cars, ...
Clear packing tape
Brown paper bags
Glue sticks- with proper supervision.
Pink insulation foam
We encourage students to be creative in designing their unique projects, but it can be difficult to start with a blank piece of paper. Here are some general project ideas that tend to be successful.
build a marble maze that keeps a marble in motion for 10 seconds or more
build a model dream home with at least two energy saving features
design a controlled chain reaction
make something with 3 or more levers (or pulleys, inclined planes, wheels, wedges, etc.)
make a game with a button that lights up
design a toy that relies on magnets to move
Invent a new kind of musical instrument
Buildit Challenge partners with educational organizations such as public and private schools or educational co-ops to serve their student communities.
Currently, we are able to serve the Miami Valley area including metropolitan areas of Dayton, Ohio and Cincinnati, Ohio.
Please contact us to request a Buildit Challenge for your organization.
4/4/19. Our First Public Event
Students from four school districts and homeschoolers from around the Miami Valley joined our community of hands-on learners for the first Buildit Challenge event open to all kids ages 6 - 18. This pilot program was made possible through a cooperative agreement with the Mall at Fairfield Commons and generous support from the Vectren foundation. Buildit Challenge can inspire young people to come together beyond the walls of a school building. Our goal with the public events program is to support a robust S.T.E.M. community of learners across the Miami Valley - building a wave of S.T.E.M. innovators in the next generation.
2/19/19. Calling Young Inventors!
Buildit Challenge is an approved student organization for Invention League. This organization is changing the world by introducing young innovators to the inventing process. If your school or homeschool group is not already participating in the Invention Convention, you can bring your Invention Convention project to the Buildit Challenge for review. If your project is selected, you become eligible to participate in the Ohio Invention Convention. This is a free event at the Ohio State Fair that also earns free admission to the fair for the inventor and one chaperone, and there are scholarships and other prizes awarded at the event.
Learn more about Invention Convention projects here:
https://www.uspto.gov (for researching originality of their invention)
10/19/18. Introducing Online Judging!
With generous support from Southwest Ohio Givecamp, Buildit Challenge adopts a software system to improve the quality, speed, and transparency of the award process during the Buildit Challenge events. Now, judges record scores using smartphones. This allows the event to happen in real time and makes it much more exciting for participants and audience members. The software generates individual scorecards for each project that participants receive after the event.
2/28/18. Buildit Challenge Honored as “Recycler of the Year”.
In partnership with the Wayne-Local School District, Buildit Challenge was named a recipient of the Warren County Solid Waste Management District Recycler of the Year award. Each year this award honors local organizations that have made an effort to recycle and reduce waste. This award recognizes the efforts of Buildit Challenge to encourage young innovators to create original projects by repurposing everyday materials and recyclables.