And the winners are....


We are excited to be able to finally announce the winners of the BuildTak 3D Design Challenge for 2016! This challenge, as part of NJ Makers Day, was to use 3D modeling software to create an original design for a robot. This year's winners of the design challenge are:

Under 14
Winner: Hamshika Rajkmar - (will receive $50 shape ways gift card) 
Honorable mention: Colin and Ankit Merchant (they will receive BuildTak and a spatula) 
Over 14
Winner: Celeste Leahy (will receive a $50 shape ways gift card) 
Honorable mention: Andrew Mester, Peter Vogt, and Ali Remschel (they will receive BuildTak and a spatula) 
Congrats winners and great job with your designs!!

Where will you be on NJ Makers Day?

Locations across the state have many NJ Makers Day activites, demostrations, and programs planned, and we actually hope it will be difficult for you to choose where you will spend your Friday and Saturday! To help, we have created an events listing page highlighting the many activities taking place across the state. Many people last year visited multiple sites to get the full experience, while others immersed themselves in once place. The choice is up to you, but having an idea of what's going on should help. 

PSEG Sponsorship is a "Game-Changer"

We are delighted to announce that Public Services Enterprises Group (PSEG) has joined NJ Makers Day as our newest game-changer level sponsor! With a donation of $5000, PSEG will be supporting 10 maker kits to be deployed at sites across the state to enhance those locations offerings and events for the public. PSEG has a strong history of supporting worthwhile community projects, as well as STEM initiatives in our state. We are proud to have their support this year, and will be working diligently with them to utilize their gift in enhancing the NJ Makers Day experience!

To learn more about their initiatives in support of STEM education, please visit :

About PSEG:
PSEG also owns and operates a diverse fleet of power plants with more than 13,000 megawatts of generating capacity located primarily in theMid-Atlantic and Northeast regions and has solar energy facilities throughout the United States. Another member of the PSEG family of companies, PSEG Long Island, operates the electric transmission and distribution system of the Long Island Power Authority, with 1.1 million customers.

PSEG has approximately 12,700 employees, who are carrying forward a proud tradition of dedicated service over more than 100 years.

New Sponsor: NJIT College of Architecture and Design

We are excited to announce that the NJIT College of Architecture and Design is now an official sponsor of NJ Makers Day. They will be providing financial support for several of our participating sites in the coming weeks. We are happy to welcome them aboard and appreciate their support!

NJIT College of Architecture and Design, amongst their many undergraduate and graduate programs, offers unique opportunities for high school students to participate in week-long immersive pre-college summer enrichment programs in the areas of video game design, design + make, as well as architecture. 

Cost to attend one of the week-long programs is $1500, which includes overnight dormitory accomodations, supplies, meals, and associated costs for off-campus field trips. More information about their summer program can be found at

Printable 2016 Pre-College Summer Program Flyer

NJMD Statewide Project - Marble Run!

This years NJ Makers Day statewide project will be the fun, fantastic and ever-evolving marble run. Our statewide project is an opportunity for sites to have a unifying themed project or opportuinty throughout locations across the state. Marble runs are a fantastic project that require few materials, can evolve into pretty much anything, and will always put a smile on your face!

Here are just a few examples of marble runs or coasters. Many sites will be providing the materials at their locations to build them, but if you are celebrating your Makers Day at home, we encourage you to make your own and post pics and vids using the hashtag #njmakersday.

Or for those who prefer to be inspired by video:

Support NJMD

Recently, there has been interest expressed by those looking to support NJ Makers Day sites through donations. This can be a great way to show your support for the variety of different activities and events taking place at more than 200 schools, libraries, museums, makerspaces and more throughout New Jersey! All donations are administered through the New Jersey Library Association, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and fiduciary partner, and will be used to provide direct support to participating NJ Makers Day sites.  

TCF + NJMD = 2016 Partners

NJ Makers Day welcomes a new partner this year: TCF (formerly the Trenton Computer Festival), the world's oldest computer festival! We are happy to share some of the great happenings that will be taking place at their event this year on March 19, 2016 at The College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ.

  • an array of talks on hot topics of general interest in computing, Internet and technology
  • themed workshops and hands-on educational sessions
  • a vendor hall with an assortment of cool stuff, and tech bargains
  • keynote address and concluding banquet

This year’s theme is Entrepreneurship, featuring a keynote and special forum with Chris Brogan, Founder and CEO of AssureNet. Past keynote speakers have included industry luminaries like Bill Gates, Gary Kildall, and Brian Kernighan. The 2016 keynote and form will focus on such questions as:

“… how can I start a tech business?”

     “… tell me more about crowd-funding”

          “… how can I use cloud services?”

               “… is it hard to set up an e-commerce site?”

For more information and details about TCF visit (Printable TCF 2016 Flyer)

Buildtak 3D Design Challenge

3D Design Challenge

3D printing is enabling makers to push the limits of creativity as they explore connections between computer-aided design and the physical world. Now it is your turn to leverage this new technology and design a 3D printable object that showcases the best of what the New Jersey’s maker community has to offer.

The 2016 Buildtak Design Challenge Theme is robots! You are challenged to design a 3D model of any type of robot your creativity and imagination can conjure up! Using any 3D design software, create an object that can be 3D printed. Once you have finished your design, email a copy of the .stl file to You do not need a 3D printer to participate in the 3D design challenge! We will be accepting submissions starting December 7, 2015, and the deadline for submissions is 11:59 pm on March 19, 2016. (Printable Flyer - BuildTak 3D Design Challenge)

The following information will be required for all emailed submissions:

  • Use subject line "Buildtak 3D Design Challenge"
  • Full Name
  • Email address
  • Which category you are submitting for ("Up to age 13" or "Age 14 to Adult")
  • Attached copy of an original 3D model design in .STL format

Judging and Contest Rules: This contest is only open to NJ residents (must be able to validate your NJ address to receive prizes). Entries will be judged on how well they fit the NJ Makers Day challenge theme of "robots," creativity, and quality. Designs should be printable using PLA or ABS plastic and fit into a box no bigger than 5.5 inches on each side. Designs must be original. Models downloaded from Thingiverse, Shapeways, or other modelsharing services will not be considered. Designs will be judged in two categories: (1) Up to 13 years old and (2) 14 years old to adult.

Prizes: Prizes will be awarded in both age categories. Winners will be notified by the email provided in with the submission. Select contest winners will also have their models produced as 3D prints and exhibited in locations around the state for public viewing. A very big thanks to our NJ Makers Day sponsor Buildtak and the partnership of the Bergen Makerspace for powering this challenge!

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