Make:able is a free 3D printing and assistive technology design challenge for schools, makers and anyone who wants to participate. The brief for Make:able is to use Autodesk software (Tinkercad or Fusion 360) in conjunction with 3D printing to ‘Design and make a 3D printed product or prototype that improves the day-to-day life of someone with a disability or the elderly’. Going beyond a competition, Make:able centres around an online challenge toolkit for students, together with a teacher’s guide and lesson plans for educators.
The Make:able challenge is open to all students and can be run within design and technology or STEM lessons, after-school programmes, workshops or even as part of distance and remote learning strategies. By signing up to Make:able, educators will receive access to the challenge toolkit, together with a full teacher’s pack with professional development resources, guidance and standards-aligned lesson plans for various teaching formats, timeframes, age groups and abilities.