2023 3D Design Competitions Planner for Teachers & Parents

Makers Empire’s in-app, monthly Design Thinking competitions are a great way to challenge your students and have them test their Design Thinking skills against a global community of designers. Browse the competitions planned for 2023 and set aside a double lesson each month for the current competition in your term planner. 

Wanting some inspiration? Check out our current and previous competitions, the winners and featured entries. 

January: Happy New Year

 2023 is here! What hopes and dreams do you have for the world this year? What changes would you like to see? Design something to show us what you think.

February: Year of the Rabbit

2023 is the Chinese Year of the Rabbit. We are looking for friendly, cute, and cuddly rabbits.

March: Inspiring Women

March 8th is International Women’s Day. Design something that helps us learn about an inspiring woman from your country.

April: Cool Characters

April 2nd is International Children’s Book Day. Design your favourite book character and tell us why you like them so much.

May: Happy Families

May 15th is the International Day of Families. Invent something your family can use to have fun together.

June: World Environment Day

We only have one world. We challenge you to invent something that will help clean up and prevent pollution on our precious planet.


July: Moon Machines

On July 20th, 1969 humans landed on the moon for the first time. NASA is planning to go back to the moon in 2024. Design a machine that would help you explore the moon.

August: Crazy Rides

The first roller coaster opened in August 1817! This August we are challenging you to design a fast, scary, exciting new ride.

September: Peace on Earth

September 21st is the International Day of Peace. What do you think a peaceful world looks like?

October: Creepy Critters

We are searching for the creepiest critters and spookiest spooks. Can you design a new monster or scary character?

November: World Kindness Day

November 13th is World Kindness Day. Design something for someone else to show you care.

December: Crack Us Up

What would you like to find inside a Christmas Cracker this year? Design a toy, gadget, or trinket that could fit inside a cracker. Don’t forget to tell us your funniest joke.

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