October 2018: Classroom Makerspace Lesson Plan Competition

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Classroom Makerspace Lesson Plan Competition

Competition Opens: Monday, October 1

Deadline: on or before 8 p.m. Eastern Time, Wednesday, October 31st.

Teachers! Here’s an opportunity for you to win supplies to start your own classroom makerspace. The grand prize includes a Makerspace Mega pack, an Invention pack, and a Tool Kit pack! ORISE wants to see how you would incorporate a makerspace into one of your existing content specific lesson plans. Teachers of any grade level or subject are invited to submit a STEM lesson plan that utilizes a makerspace. Three K-6 teachers and three 7-12 teachers will win makerspace supplies for their class room!!



  • 1st: Makerspace Mega Easy Pack + Invention Easy Pack + Tool Kit Easy Pack
  • 2nd: Makerspace Mega Easy Pack
  • 3rd: Makerspace Basic Supply Easy Pack


  • 1st: Makerspace Mega Easy Pack + Invention Easy Pack + Tool Kit Easy Pack
  • 2nd: Makerspace Mega Easy Pack
  • 3rd: Makerspace Basic Supply Easy Pack


  • Interested educators are invited to submit an original lesson plan to https://orausurvey.orau.org/n/makerspace.aspx by 8 p.m. EST on Wednesday, October 31, 2018.
  • To avoid plagiarism, please a submit lesson plan that you have written. We understand that many activities are developed by other teachers; just make sure that you put your own spin on the activity.
  • Lesson plan may focus on any topic as long as the lesson plan incorporates students using a makerspace.
  • Lesson plans should include the following:
    • lesson title
    • teacher name and school
    • target grade level
    • time required for lesson
    • standards/objectives
    • materials required
    • instructional steps for introduction, activities, and closure
    • assessment strategies
    • differentiation strategies
  • Lesson plans will be scored using a rubric, and the top three winners from each grade band will be announced late November!

Note: Lesson plans submitted for the competition may be shared with other educators via the ORISE website. Plans are subject to revision and edits by ORISE staff before they are shared, so please submit in an editable format (Not PDF).

To view the current ORISE lesson plan library, visit https://orise.orau.gov/stem/k-12/curriculum-for-the-classroom.html.


Upcoming Competition

  • The next teacher contest will be a social media contest in December to win a 3D printer. Be sure to follow ORISE on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram to see the details when it launches.

Previous K-12 STEM Lesson Plan Competitions

  • drone on! logo

    In September, teachers shared with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education their best hands-on STEM lesson plans for the opportunity to win drones for their classrooms. Frist place awarded a  set of Parrot mini-drones and accessories. Second- and third-place winners received one Parrot mini-drone. In all, there were entries from teachers in 10 different states and Japan. See the full list of winners below:


    Grades 7-9

    Grades 10-12

  • kids can compute logo

    In August, teachers shared how they were using Raspberry Pi for a STEM lesson. Winners will be announce mid-September and will receive a Pi-Top modular computers for their classrooms.

    Congratulations to our winners!

    Amanda Callahan-Mims, Spring Hill Elementary School, Knoxville, Tennessee

    Gary Cipinko, King Arts Academy, Evanston, Illinois

  • 3D learning logo

    In this contest, teachers had the opportunity to submit a lesson plan that integrates 3D printing into their classroom. Congratulations to our winners!


    Grand Prize: Lauren Wilmoth, Biology, Oak Ridge High School, Oak Ridge TN

    View Lesson Plan: Ozobot Meets 3-D Printing (Art Challenge grade 6-9)

    2nd Place: Allison Pattion, Pre-K, Dunbar Elementary, Memphis TN

    View Lesson Plan: How Do Shapes Make Pictures?

    3rd Place: Andrea Grossart, Biology, Addison Trail High School, Addison IL

    View Lesson Plan: Bio-engineering for a Cure!

    Judge’s Choice: Holly Randa, Grade 6-8, Jonathan Edwards Classical Academy, Whites Creek TN

    View Lesson Plan: 3D Printed Egyptian Alphabet Stamps & Clay Cartouche

  • Fun with the Sun logo

    In May, teachers were invited to submit a lesson plan that related to solar energy! Congratulations to our winners!

    K-6th Grade Category:

    • First place: Jessica Everitt, 4th grade, Hardin Valley Elementary School
    • Second place: Sally Suttle, 1st grade, Grand Oaks School
    • Third place: Kelli Harvey, 4th grade, Petros-Joyner Elementary School

    7-12th Grade Category:

    • First place: Lesley Brinkmann, Physical Science, Northeast High School
    • Second place: Jane Lyengar, Business & Information Technology, Mount Vernon High School
    • Third place: Stephanie Sluss, Chemistry, Oliver Springs High School
  • In April, teachers shared how they put the “M” in STEM by submitting STEM lesson plans that explicitly address mathematics standards.

    Congratulations to our winners!

    Elementary School Category

    • First place: Jennie Wright, 4th grade, Sullins Academy
    • Second place: Nancy Holloway, K-5, Kingston Elementary School
    • Third place: Jessica Chambers, 2nd grade, Pi Beta Phi Elementary School

    Middle School Category

    • First place: Sarah Hampton, 8th grade, Sullins Academy
    • Second place: Donna Budynas, 6th grade, Hutchison School
    • Third place: Charles Canestaro, 8th grade, Cortland Junior-Senior High School
  • In January, we asked teachers how they are planning to integrate Olympic-themed math or science lessons into their classrooms.

    Congratulations to our latest winners!

    Science Category

    Mathematics Category

  • In October, our extreme weather lesson plan competition asked educators to tell ORISE how they are integrating current extreme weather events into classroom lessons.

    Congratulations to our grade-band winners!

    Amy Kennedy, third grade, Glenwood Elementary School
    View lesson plan: Saving Our Community from Rising Water

    Donna Widner, seventh grade, Oliver Springs Middle School
    View lesson plan: Weather Alert! Did We Do That?

    Christi Ridley, environmental science/biology, Seymour High School
    View lesson plan: Extreme Weather: Hurricanes

  • Our very first lesson plan competition asked educators to submit an original STEM lesson covering a topic of their choice. These lesson plans can be found on the Curriculum for the Classroom page.

    Congratulations to our winners!