Think. Design. Create. Online Competition 2017


Newton’s Road is pleased to announce our winners of the online competition:

Best Elementary Design:

1st Place: Ethan, Lily, and Patrick

2nd Place: Owen and Skylar

3rd Place: Eliana

Best Middle School Design: Molly

People’s Choice Winners: Marley, Ana, and Ellie

Newton’s Road thanks all of the students for their hard work. The judges really enjoyed the creativity, research, and engineering exhibited by the students. Great job everyone!

Willow Hill student and his design from last year’s competition.

Newton’s Road invites all K-12 students in the northwest lower Michigan region to participate in our online competition. Students will choose to create a scene depicting a problem in: environment (ie zebra mussels in the Great Lakes), social justice (poverty in northern Michigan), or industrial problems (lack of infrastructure).

Designs must receive approval from the teacher/parent or guardian (if home schooled). Students are required to keep an engineering log that documents their design process. Students may work in groups. Keep in mind you must turn the engineering log in via electronically. Students will also be required to give a 3-5 min video presentation explaining your scene, design, and process. These videos will be posted to YouTube where the public will be able to vote via the “Like” button. The video who has the most likes by the end of the competition will win People’s Choice.

Submission Date: 11/17/17

All submissions must be in by: 5 pm

The submission form can be found here. Winners will be announced before the holiday season.


  • Best Elementary
  • Best Middle School
  • Best High School
  • People’s Choice


  • Designs must be 100% designed by the students. They may receive help from a teacher, mentor, and/or parent but that must be documented in their engineering log.
  • Presentations must be between 3-5 minutes. Explain how you chose your scene, some ways this can be done is by performing a play, monologue, or skit. The student must use their engineering notebook to explain their scene and design process. 
  • Students are allowed anything that strikes their fancy as long as it’s been approved by their teacher/guardian or parent.
  • Printing objects off of Thingiverse and modifying them is highly discouraged. However, if you do choose to use a file off of Thingiverse you must defend why, if and how you modified it, and how your modification dramatically improves the object. The original file must be sighted in their engineering notebook and presentation.

Media Release Form: Videos are going to be released to the public for voting. You must submit a media release form in order to participate in this competition. Any submission that does not include a media release form will be disqualified. Teachers please make sure that your students’ submissions are in line with your school’s media release policy. If you have any questions please contact Drea Weiner, STEM Education Specialist: (231) 922-6560 or


Below are the rubrics that enclose the expectations of your engineering design and video presentation. Please review and incorporate into your submission.

Things to keep in mind:

  • 3D printed objects can be something like chairs, mussels, books, cars, etc.
  • Student identifying the problem and how they fixed it is highly encouraged.
  • Students designing their own ideas from scratch is also highly encouraged. Modifications are also a great way of showing ingenuity. Make sure to state how an object was modified if choosing to do build off a previously made object.


  1. Email Content: Teacher/Parent or Guardian (if home schooled) and School name
  2. Engineering Notebook
  3. .STL File
  4. 3-5 min Presentation Video
  5. Media Release Form

If you have any questions feel free to contact:

Drea Weiner, STEM Education Specialist

Newton’s Road, a program of Networks Northwest

(231) 922-6560