Education Department announces makerspace challenge

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The Department of Education is offering $200,000 to up to 10 schools to create makerspaces that would allow students to tinker with tools and design hand-built and crafted projects.

Education Secretary John King announced the competition, called the Career Technical Education Makeover Challenge, this month. Schools have to submit plans on how they would convert their existing libraries, classrooms or other spaces into modern dens of technology.

Makerspaces were a big draw at SXSWedu in Austin, Texas this month, with the CEO of littleBits giving a keynote speech.

The deadline to submit ideas is April 1, and winners will be announced during the annual National Maker Faire in June.

Reach the reporter at corinne.lestch@edscoop.com and follow her on Twitter @clestch and @edscoop_news.

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