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2022 Maker Challenge Showcase

2022 Maker Challenge Winners

For this year’s 4th Grade Maker Challenge, which officially started on November 15th, we partnered with the IU School of Education, IU Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture, and Design, and Hoosier Hills Career Center to do the MyMachine Challenge.

Though groups across the world have been doing this for several years, we will be the first to do it in the United States (and maybe North America)! Unlike in past years, the students weren't very restricted with parameters about the ideas they could come up with. However, similar to previous years, each school will select 4-5 projects to move on to the district-level judging.

This year, the projects chosen at the district level will be given to design students at IU who will take the designs and make them so that students from Hoosier Hills can actually create the object! We anticipate opportunities for students with the winning designs to be able to interact with the IU and Hoosier Hills students to see their designs brought to life. The final products will be created in the spring. Students from an upper level science education course at IU, led by Dr. Adam Maltese, created the lessons for the challenge. These lessons include hands-on and engaging ways for students to learn about design and the engineering design process so students can embrace their creativity so that the ideas they develop are collaborative and special. We are really excited about this opportunity and hope you will be too!

School-wide Winners

Arlington Heights Elementary
Most Creative: Becka Robot Jackson Woodberry, Ellen Greene, Lewis Butler, Brian Campbell
Greatest Potential Use By Others: The Chore Robot Heidi White, Isaac Richmond, Milena Burns, La’Mya Embry
Best Story Behind the Design: Imagine Brush Jaxon Bruner, Jada Love, Paislee Saunders, Xavier Eanes, Shanel Coutes
Best Overall: Candy Thrower 2000 Cole Anderson, Scarlett Branham, Katherine Bradley, Omar Felix, Sawyer Bishop, Shaylynn Breedlove

Binford Elementary
Most Creative: Bird Feeder Security System Zoya Cheema, Peter Thies, Serenity McDermott, Ollie Graves 
Greatest Potential Use By Others: Helper Desk Will Konisky, Finley Prall, Joseph Deckard, Meta Kabukala, Jesslynn Robinson 
Best Story Behind the Design: Anywhere Hot Cocoa Owen Chang, Mason Green, Lucy Gildea, Layla Mathis, Litzy Rabadan Avila
Best Overall: Animal Training Tool Kennedy Stryker, Jennie Jeong, Kayden Wroblewski, Afiyah Shah-Delong

Childs Elementary
Most Creative: Candy Queen Hattie Yanites, Charlotte Young, Emily Fulton, Sophie Burke
Greatest Potential Use By Others: The Swipers Lillian Demeulenaere, Amos Brass, Javaun Childress, Grace Howell
Best Story Behind the Design: Chat and Glow Ben Jones, Ben Winters, Jennifer Barnard, Mabel Haugh
Best Overall: The Keep Out Cat Temple Muehling, Brody Bell, Charlie Ham

Clear Creek Elementary
Most Creative: Trashball Emma Adkins, Wyatt Carmichael, Piper Gillespie
Greatest Potential Use By Others: The Lego-naitor Bree Callahan, Darby Collins, Carabelle Hanners, Olivia Lake, Draven Williams
Best Story Behind the Design: The Walker Talker 3000 Emma Miller, Kingston Grimes, Nick Vaughn
Best Overall: The Lego Sorter Madeleine Cartledge
 
Fairview Elementary
Most Creative: Peppermint Snowman Car'Reanna Isabell, Briley Sissman, Mone White
Greatest Potential Use By Others: Dog Distractor Lodyn Foster, Atley Ritter, Brock Withrow
Best Story Behind the Design: Pulley 2000 Audrianna Fair, Kaelynn Davis, Nevaeh Brown, Fred Alexander
Best Overall: Fidget Box Jesse Barnes-Deckard, Noah Dangerfield, Brian Kincade, Huck Watters

Grandview Elementary
Most Creative: Dinner 3000 Lucas Hoffa, Ellie Thompson, Ayden Butcher
Greatest Potential Use By Others: COVID-19 Helper Ziva Naugle, Maci Ainsworth, Mila Mosier, Zayden Giger-Kelp
Best Story Behind the Design: Curly Whurly Khloee Walls-Taylor and Miah Berry
Best Overall: The Finder Robot Audrey Zimmermann and Chloe Kapasonore

Highland Park Elementary
Most Creative: Cleaning Robot Donnirysa Stephy, Makinley Deckard, Reeanna Gwaltney
Greatest Potential Use By Others: Recycle Car Ashely Nguyen, Billy Bottom, Kyndall Landis, and Sherrod Carter
Best Story Behind the Design: Shin Protector Addyson Byers, Elle Fisher, Sariah Carter, and Trinity Hicks
Best Overall: The Singing Fidget Cube Black Taylor and Nathan Whitaker
 
Lakeview Elementary
Most Creative: The Saddle Kasen Ellis, Alexa Collings Freeman, Gracie Lintz
Greatest Potential Use By Others: Dream Sleep Machine Melanie Herrington, Adelyn Bullock, and Sophia Martin
Best Story Behind the Design: The Puppy Buddy Shaye Dilg, Archer Ebelhar, Bentley Salyer
Best Overall: The Cordanizer Lila DeGain, Mia Hancock
 
Marlin Elementary
Most Creative: Multi Glove Nathan Cady and Leo Knust
Greatest Potential Use By Others: The Strike Zone Goggles Fisher Pugh, Gates Schulz, and Wyatt Samaras
Best Story Behind the Design: Woof Washer Eisley Porter, Riley Dusseau, Lomasi Crites, Anitra Busby, and John Beech
Best Overall: The Need Machine Rylee Shields and Halle Walker
 
Summit Elementary
Most Creative: V.A.N.E.S.S.A. Harper Powell
Greatest Potential Use By Others: Lie Detecting Glasses Kyrell Thomas
Best Story Behind the Design: Spot Bot Desmond Shew
Best Overall: Hand Sanitizer Mobile 2021 Grayson Buchanan
 
Templeton Elementary
Most Creative: The Blind Closet Zaelyn Rice and Diego Aparicio-Killon
Greatest Potential Use By Others: The Translating TV Elizabeth Callaway and Ella Burton
Best Story Behind the Design: Loggy the Reading Buddy Mae Seavey, Juniper Siek, Peter Tennessen, Rowan Doolen, and Amitai Gal-Schwatrz
Best Overall: Calm Down Corner Kiki Hicks and Mariah West

Unionville Elementary
Most Creative: Safe Cut Brayden Prince, Oliver Healey, Jonah Walter
Greatest Potential Use By Others: Portable Bed Conner Stum, Kolten Inman, Rhynn Patterson
Best Story Behind the Design: Fossil Finder Eli Young, Khloe White, Mason Roecker, Addy Woodruff-Monyhan
Best Overall: The Homeless Helper Tacora Cartmell, Aubrey Grupenhoff, Trevor Durnal, Keegan Younghans

University Elementary
Most Creative: Recycle Truck Tank Theo Pejeau and Oscar Smith
Greatest Potential Use By Others: The LPPP Lava PowerPlant Carter Brown
Best Story Behind the Design: Seed Planter Ethan Wang and Ben Upshaw
Best Overall: The Blindness Assistant Logan Emborsky
 

Corporation-Wide Awards
 
Most Creative: Peppermint Snowman - Fairview Elementary
Car'Reanna Isabell, Briley Sissman, Mone White
 
The project is called “Peppermint Snowman.” It is a decoy for snowball fights which can throw snowballs at other people while the person using it sits behind cover. The arm has a string on it which the person using it pulls back, and when it is released, it throws a snowball.
 
Greatest Potential Use By Others: Dog Distractor - Fairview Elementary
Lodyn Foster, Atley Ritter, Brock Withrow
 
The Dog Distractor will keep a dog from biting you. It has a bone attached to a pulley for the dog to play with. Attached is a food bowl and other toys to keep the dog happy.
 
Best Story Behind the Design: Imagine Brush - Arlington Heights Elementary
Jaxon Bruner, Jada Love, Paislee Saunders, Xavier Eanes, Shanel Coutes
 
A paint brush that holds the 3 primary colors. The user can use a digital setting to adjust the amount of primary color that is used to make any other color.
 
Best Overall Idea, Prototype and Story: The Homeless Helper - Unionville Elementary
Tacora Cartmell, Aubrey Grupenhoff, Trevor Durnal, Keegan Younghans
 
This is a cart that can be taken on sidewalks. It is filled with snacks, water, exercise, and craft supplies. The purpose is to help people who do not have homes. There is also a trash picker upper and trash can attached so we can help the environment at the same time by picking up litter.