For this year’s #AutodeskMakeItReal student design challenge, New England football star James Develin needs your help designing a new gym he’s planning to build. Because this is an architecture, engineering, and construction project, this year’s theme is Make It Big.

If you’re a student between the ages of 13-19, we want to see your big ideas for gym designs that help James Develin tell his story. James is reimagining and designing a flexible gym space that promotes health and wellness for athletes, like him, who are recovering from serious injuries. Your designs need to be submitted as an Instructables guide, presenting and explaining a clear visual depiction of your concept. Document the stages of your design process and pretend that you’re pitching an idea to stakeholders.

Your Instructable needs to include both images and text. Designs should be created using an Autodesk product, such as Tinkercad, Fusion 360, FormIt, AutoCAD, and/or Revit.

To get a sense of the kind of gym James Develin wants to build we strongly encourage you to enroll in thesecond webinar of our free webinar serieswhere James will share his vision and you will be able to ask questions to James and a panel of architects. This webinar will take place on Thursday, January 21 at 7 p.m. EST. Recordings of each webinar will be made available onthis YouTube playlistwhen they become available. For more information about what grand prize winners can win with their gift card, please visit thisCDW prize gallery.


Technical Skills- How well does the student product demonstrate 3D digital literacy?

Innovation- How imaginatively does the student address the constraints of designing a gym in the COVID era? How interesting, cool, and/or surprising is the design? How well does it show creativity, cleverness, and simplicity in consideration of form and function?

Design Thinking- How effectively does the student product address a real and specific problem that is relevant to James’s vision? How insightfully does it demonstrate an understanding of the needs and goals of the potential end users? How evident is it that the designer has used an iterative process?

Presentation- How compellingly does the student product tell a story that is relevant to James’s vision? How well does it highlight visual elements, principles of design, and an insight into the architectural process (renderings, exploded views, sectioned views, walkthroughs)?

In addition to the webinar recording, you may also findthese additional resourceshelpful in completing this challenge.

Open to legal residents of the 50 United States, D.C. and Canada, 13-19 years old and enrolled in a primary, secondary or home school at the time of entry. Contest is open from 12:00 a.m. PT on 12/4/20 until 11:59 p.m. PT on 1/31/21. Thirteen (13) prizes will be awarded. Limit one (1) prize per person. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

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Three Grand Prize winners will receive a $500 CDW gift card.

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创建一个适合上述比赛描述中概述的指导方针的新可调整。要符合条件,必须在2020年12月4日至12月31日(11:59 PM PT)之间发布。


在publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select Make it Real Student Design Challenge. If you have entries currently eligible for entry, it will also show up by clicking "Enter this Contest" on the right side of this page.


Entries are accepted by Instructables staff within one business day Monday - Friday. What matters is the submission time, not acceptance time.


Instructables members can vote for an entry during the contest plus 3 days after the contest closes.


A panel of judges made up of Instructables staff and respected members of the community rate the finalists. The averages of the ratings determine the winners.


When the winners are decided they will be announced here on the contest page. All entrants will be notified when this happens.