2023 MAKERS of Change Challenge

The MAKERS of Change Assistive Technology Challenge engages Valley high school science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), coding, robotics and technology teams to troubleshoot and create “real-world” solutions that will help improve the lives of young children with disabilities.


The 2023 Challenge


This year’s challenge invites student teams to develop an engaging device, accessory, or tool for young children with Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) that will encourage visual attention, build motor skills and support making choices that allows the child to experience cause and effect relationships.


The 2023 Challenge was designed in partnership with providers from both the SWHD ADAPT Shop and Foundation for Blind Children (FBC), who have been collaborating to meet both the occupational and vision therapy needs of children in Maricopa County.


How it Works


More than 71 teams from 18 schools are taking part in this year’s challenge.


Each high school team of up to six members is matched with a volunteer mentor who meets with them virtually to review their project ideation and execution.


The Challenge closes October 6, when teams submit a video and poster summary for scoring by volunteer judges from Intel, Avnet and onsemi, as well as ASU graduate level engineering students and retired science and engineering professionals.


The top nine teams in three categories are invited to the Finalist Team Presentation on Oct. 20 at the Foundation for Blind Children campus at 1234 E. Northern Ave in Phoenix, Arizona 85020.  To register to attend the final presentation, visit swhd.org/makersinvite.


Teams are evaluated on a variety of objectives such as anticipated cost, usability by both the child and family and integrity of the build. Three teams will win $100 each and there will be one overall “Best in Show” team that wins a $500 prize.


There is no cost for schools to enter the Challenge, but corporate support is raised to both fund the program administration and the ongoing needs of the ADAPT Shop. AstraZeneca, onsemi, Cox Charities, Avnet and Valley Toyota Dealers are the 2023 Challenge sponsors.


For more information, contact Louann Phillips at (6020 361-3785 or email lophillips@swhd.org.

2023 Challenge Made Possible with the Support of

Helping Arizona Children & Families

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