Army Education Outreach Program and Future Engineers Announces Second National 3D Pin Design Challenge to Celebrate Veterans

Columbus, Ohio–()–There “We (Heart) Pin Design for Veteransis back for its second year, inviting students in grades 4-12 to put their 3D design skills to the test to show their appreciation for America’s veterans. The Army Outreach Program (AEOP)will once again sponsor the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Challenge in partnership with Future engineersan organization that administers free online STEM competitions for students.

“Unique and creative challenges like these help open students’ eyes to the diverse possibilities of STEM,” said Christina L. Weber, Chief of STEM Education and Outreach and Grant Manager of AEOP cooperation at US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM HQ). “At first glance, designing a hairpin might not seem like a STEM challenge, but students quickly see how much they need their engineering and 3D design skills to complete the challenge. Encouraging students to use their STEM knowledge in new and different ways helps spark curiosity and a desire to learn. »

“3D printing develops both creative and critical thinking skills that can benefit students in so many ways,” says Deanne Bell, Founder and CEO of Future Engineers. “A challenge that flexes the creative muscle of students, teaches engineering design and celebrates our veterans is a wonderful thing to see come to life.”

Last year, the competition attracted 2,741 students from across the country, and ten finalists had their pins 3D printed and distributed to veterans of the National Veterans Memorial Museum in Columbus, Ohio. Last year’s winner, Eden, a middle schooler from Lewis Center, OH, will celebrate Veterans Day this year, Nov. 12, with an event at the museum where she will hand out pins she designed to veterans in attendance. .

“As teachers, we are always looking for new and exciting ways to engage our students in STEM,” said Kristin Marconi, teacher at Olentangy Orange Middle School. “The ‘We (Heart) Veterans’ pin design challenge provided a fun way to teach our students about engineering and 3D design while showing gratitude to those who have served our country. It was an amazing opportunity for our teachers to work together across all content areas and create a meaningful project for our students. We are excited to bring the challenge back to our classrooms for a second year. »

This year, the challenge will also be open to high school students and judged in two categories, 4th – 8th and 9th – 12th. To participate, students will develop their design and engineering skills by creating a 3D digital model of a wearable lapel pin that celebrates their unique appreciation for our veterans. The challenge is free, and the landing page offers free resources and tools for students and teachers.

All entries will be reviewed by judges, including U.S. military personnel and veterans. Ten finalists will be selected from two rank groups (20 finalists in total), 4th – 8th and 9th – 12th and their designs will be 3D printed and distributed to veterans visiting the National Veterans Memorial Museum. Finalists will also each receive five prints of their design and a $100 gift card for professional 3D printing. Challenge winners (two grand prize winners in total) will win a trip for two to Columbus, OH, to attend a special event at the National Veterans Memorial Museum. Each winner will also receive a 3D printer donated to the school, library or organization of their choice. Find out more and register for the challenge here.

About the Army Outreach Program

The Army Education Outreach Program (AEOP) aims to provide an accessible pathway of STEM opportunities to attract, develop, and mentor our nation’s next generation of diverse talent through outreach programs. US Army education. AEOP provides our nation’s youth, young professionals, and educators with opportunities for meaningful real-world STEM experiences, competitions, and paid internships alongside U.S. Army scholars. From elementary school students and postgraduate educators, participants of all skill levels, interests, ethnic, economic, and academic backgrounds are encouraged to participate in AEOP. For more information on AEOP, visit Follow AEOP on Twitter, Facebook, instagram and LinkedIn.

About Battelle

Every day, the people at Battelle apply science and technology to solve what matters most. At major technology centers and national laboratories around the world, Battelle conducts research and development, designs and manufactures products, and provides essential services to government and commercial customers. Based in Columbus, Ohio since its founding in 1929, Battelle serves the national security, health and life sciences, energy and environmental industries. For more information, visit

About Future Engineers

Future Engineers hosts online contests and challenges for K-12 students. Previous challenges have helped produce historic achievements – from naming NASA’s Perseverance rover to making the first student-designed 3D print in space. All challenges are free for student and class participation. For more information, visit Follow Future Engineers on Twitter, Facebookand instagram.

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