Thingiverse | MakerBot Academy Math Manipulative Challenge RESULTS

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We gave the Thingiverse Community a week to enter the MakerBot Academy Math Manipulative Challenge, and in that short amount of time we received more than 160 entries. Thanks to everyone for entering and, in doing so, supporting our MakerBot Academy campaign.

We asked community members to design math manipulatives, and got an incredible array of tools to help students understand math concepts. Bre Pettis, former middle school teacher and MakerBot CEO, selected our winners based on the designs’ printability, educational value, and creativity. Our winners will receive MakerBot filament, Thingiverse t-shirts, and have their creations featured on Thingiverse and in each of the three MakerBot Retail Stores in New York, Greenwich, CT, and Boston. In addition, the First Place winner will send a MakerBot Academy bundle to a classroom of his choice.

MakerBot Academy Status
MakerBot Academy is rolling along with more than 410 schools participating, 478 teacher projects funded, $1,143,241 raised, and 92,597 students to be impacted. Shipping began November 22, 2013. If you’re a teacher with a MakerBot® Replicator 2® Desktop 3D Printer on the way, share the receiving, unboxing, and set up of your MakerBot Replicator 2 by using the hashtag #makerbotacademy. We’d love to see the look on your students’ faces when they first see and use their MakerBot Replicator 2, and print their first math manipulatives!

Without further ado, the winners are…

Third Place: Math Spinner Toy by christinachun
This tool allows students to mix and match numbers to build simple addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division equations. The files are scaled down, but you can simply increase the scale to your preferred size, print, and easily assemble. It comes in a small size for fewer place values or a large size for more advanced math students.


Second Place: Math Gear(s) by SSW
Designed to be used both by students and teachers (using overhead projectors), these gears teach students about ratios with a few simple exercises.


First Place: Seesaw Maths by Gyrobot
Great for teaching addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, the beam on Seesaw Maths indicates a correct answer when it’s level. Print one for your student today!