Museum of Science and Industry

Are you a high school artist, designer, maker or engineer? The Museum of Science and Industry is looking for you to participate in its first-ever Fab Lab Summer Challenge!

The Wanger Family Fab Lab at MSI is a place where youth of all experience levels can take a creative idea and use our computers and machines to make almost anything! From keychains and jewelry to robots and flying copters, the Fab Lab is a place for young innovators to learn new design and engineering skills and create exciting projects.

This summer, we’re looking for a brand-new wall display to hang in the Fab Lab for all our guests to see. But we need your help in designing and creating a display that best represents creativity and inspiring youth to design the future – that’s what MSI and the Fab Lab are all about!

The possibilities for your design are endless, and best of all, no prior experience with software, equipment or design techniques are necessary to win. Best of all, winning designers or design teams will each receive their own brand new laptop, customized with all the best design and engineering software!

Want to enter? Submit a sketch or drawing of your unique design, plus a short essay explaining it and your inspiration. Up to five finalist entries will be chosen and invited to the Museum’s Fab Lab to build display prototypes, which will then be judged by an expert panel. Winners will be announced live on August 11th in the Museum’s rotunda!

Check out our website for full application information and challenge rules, as well as helpful videos explaining more about all the cool tools we have in our lab. If you have questions, please contact fablabchallenge(at) We can’t wait to see your designs!

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