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AEOP Veterans Appreciation Challenge

Tuesday, November 21 - Friday, December 15


All Day

Which age/grade is welcome?

Students in grades 4-12

About this event

If you are a fourth to twelfth grade student in the United States, your challenge is to create a digital 3D model of a wearable pin to be 3D printed and distributed to U.S. veterans at the National Veterans Memorial and Museum in Columbus, Ohio. Your pin should be original and designed to show appreciation or gratitude for veterans of any U.S. military service branch. To enter, please submit the following entry materials by December 15, 2023!

1. STL file of your 3D model (max 20 MB)
2. Image of your design (digital image of the 3D model or a photo of a 3D print)
3. Text description of your entry (max 150 words)
Entries will be judged in two grade-level categories: 4-8 and 9-12

Your entry will be reviewed by judges, including U.S. service members and veterans. The top 10 finalists in each grade-level category (20 finalists total) will get their designs 3D printed, glued to pin backs (if necessary), and handed out to veterans who visit the museum. Finalists will also each receive five prints of their design and a $100 gift card toward a professional 3D print. The challenge winners (2 grand prize winners total) will win a trip for two to Columbus, OH, to attend a special event on Memorial Day at the National Veterans Memorial and Museum. Each winner will also receive a 3D printer donated to the school, library, or organization of their choice!

Check out the EDUCATION RESOURCES to learn more about Veteran’s Day and 3D printing. For all entry requirements, please refer to the RULES. Get creative and good luck!