EdSim Challenge & Ed Prizes Updates

Thank you to everyone who submitted public feedback last year to inform the EdSim Challenge design. Your input about simulated learning subject areas, skill sets, technical considerations, and more has been invaluable in shaping the Challenge design. We are currently working hard to finalize the next steps in the Challenge.

To stay informed of all EdSim Challenge updates, please sign up for our newsletter here. We also encourage you to take a look at the other live prize competitions from the U.S. Department of Education that seek to prepare students for the high-skill, high-wage, and high-demand occupations of tomorrow:

  • Reach Higher Career App Challenge – Launched in October 2015, the Challenge called upon app developers, educators, and data mavens to submit mobile app solutions that will help students navigate education and career pathways, including career and technical education (CTE). Five finalists advanced to the Virtual Accelerator phase of the competition to refine their solutions in preparation for a live Demo Day at the White House in July 2016. Please stay tuned for the grand prize winner announcement, coming soon!
  • CTE Makeover Challenge – Launched in March 2016, the Challenge called on high schools to design makerspaces that strengthen next-generation career and technical skills. Makerspaces provide students the materials and environment they need to create, invent, tinker, and explore, helping them build vital career skills. Nearly 650 schools from all 50 states and Washington, D.C. entered the Challenge, and participated in the CTE Makeover Challenge Bootcamp to finalize their makerspace designs. 10 prize winners were announced at the White House during the 2016 National Week of Making, and are currently building out their spaces and preparing for a showcase at the World Maker Faire in October 2016.

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