PRESS RELEASE: Makersmiths Announces Youth Innovation Challenge

As part of our effort to continually find partnerships and resources in the community to give students creative, hands on, and project-based learning opportunities, IndED is excited to announce its involvement in the new Youth Maker/Innovator Challenge, which was announced yesterday by Makersmiths and signature sponsor, Amazon Web Services:


Makersmiths has announced the launch of the 2017 Loudoun County Youth Maker/Innovator Challenge, with founding sponsorship from Amazon Web Services.

The Maker/Innovator Challenge is a local community initiative that establishes “challenges” to be solved by teams of local youths (ages between 10 and 17) by designing and building innovative products using the resources at Makersmiths and other maker facilities in the area. The challenges will be nominated by local organizations and businesses, and participating teams will work on their products between June and October.

During this time, participants will receive training, support, and mentorship from Makersmiths volunteers, as well as volunteers from other local businesses and organizations. The program will conclude with a showcase event where the student teams present their innovations in a public community forum and receive recognition for their effort.

If you are interested in participating, nominating a “challenge” to be solved, becoming a sponsor, or for more details about the Maker/Innovator Challenge, please visit The MakerSmiths Youth Maker Innovation Challenge website.


Along with fellow Loudoun Innovators in Education:, and Embark Center, we are excited to be a part of it, and will be hosting and helping to organize teams from the public, private, and homeschool community at the hub in Downtown Leesburg. If you wish to be involved, please contact us, or Makersmiths on the main YMIC Page.

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