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The Great Learning Factory Make Off

The Final Fantastic Functional Great Learning Factory Make Off Submission Deadline








The Final Fantastic Functional Great Learning Factory Make Off

July 29 – Aug 7

Whether you are coming to campus in three weeks or not, you better get used to online learning. You undoubtedly finished last school year from your bedroom and the start of this one is not looking any different. This very prompt is being typed on a Penn State student’s bedroom floor. We’re in this together, for at least a bit longer, so let’s do what engineers do best and make it work.

For this final Make Off we are asking you to make something fantastic and functional to improve the remote learning experience. It has to be dynamic or change states in some way. We are all aware that you can make a standing desk by putting your computer on a stack of books, that’s not creative, give us something that moves. Put on your thinking caps and push yourself outside the boundaries of what you think is possible, Make Offs are based on creativity. Like seriously, if someone told you a year ago you were going to be in a pandemic you would not have believed them, so make something unbelievable. We believe you can. Here’s the catch, you have to use two of the following objects, a ballon, a laundry basket, a pillow, or a screwdriver IN your design (no, using a screwdriver to build it does not count).

Remember: we reward creativity. We want to see you having fun with this competition and coming up with ideas we’ve never seen before. The cooler and crazier, the better. Even if your contraption doesn’t work perfectly, we still invite you to show off your creativity. 



There are none. You are only limited by your imagination. If you can dream it you can do it. We want to see what you and can do, so there are no limits. We love creativity, think outside of the non-existent box. Teams are allowed to compete together, but you will have to split any and all prizes.

Your Video

You will submit your innovation by sending us a video. We do not need a polished video with a polished invention. We want your design and your design process. Show us the modifications you made and all the failed attempts. At the end of your “final” run, make sure you show us how YOU are going to use your creation. Private or public link is fine, just make sure we can see it. Make sure it’s only 2 minutes long!


If you would not do it in front of a Learning Factory TA, do not do it, period. For example, things like fire, high-velocity pellets, unnecessarily sharp objects and the like should be avoided.