Overview

MakeX Spark is a creative design competition program that allows students aged 6 to 13 to engage in product design based on the following criteria: electronic technology, programming, design, innovative thinking, and communication skills. Participants will have the opportunity to get involved in hands-on practice and showcase their projects in all areas of STEM.

Each competition focuses on a different theme. This year’s competition will be hosted online and the theme will be Smart Lights. Participants will come up with their own project ideas from the software and hardware required by the competition.

MakeX Spark is committed to inspiring youth to develop necessary skills such as problem-solving, communication, creativity, and critical thinking to thrive in the future technological world. 

Michigan Youth Empowerment Foundation (mYe) is the proud organizer for the MakeX Competition in the Michigan region.

Please click here to visit MakeX official website.

Competition Theme:

Smart Lights

Timeline:

mYe will provide:

  • 9 technical Mentors experienced in programming and robotics competitions (Each participant will be assigned with a mentor to check on their weekly progress and review their final package before submission)
  • 3 design Mentors to provide guidance on product poster design.
  • 4 free training courses on various subjects (see the schedule below for details)
  • 20 free HaloCode Kits for families eligible for financial assistance, which can be requested in the registration form

MI Event Schedule

August 13, 7:00pm – 8:30pm: Get started with Halocode and mBlock (free, participants only)
August 20, 7:00pm – 8:30pm: Poster Design Training (free, participants only)
August 26, 7:00pm – 8:30pm: Speech Training by Ms. Kay (free, participants only)
September 5, 7:00pm – 8:30pm: Video Editing and Photography Training by Coach Steven (free, participants only)

Sign Up

Competition Cost

Free

MakeX Spark MI

Team Lead: Angela Xu
Head Coach: Harrison Lavins
Technical Mentors:
Addison Zhang
Angela Xu
Anwesha Pathak
David Reeves
Eric Li
Ethan Chen
Harrison Lavins
Jonathan Chen
Kevin Shi

Poster Design Mentors:
Grace Yang
Jasmine Wu
Jessica Zhang

Operations:
Jessica Zhang, IA (Lead)
Ann Zhang
Jessica Zhang (AHS)
Tianze Li

Contact Us

For questions, please email us at makex@myefound.org.

PARTICIPANTS

MakeX Spark online competition is an individual event. Each individual contestant can be instructed by one mentor. Each contestant can only submit one project.

Age groups*:

  • 6-9 years old (inclusive) for the elementary group
  • 10-13 years old (inclusive) for the intermediate group.

*Age as of January 1, 2020

SOFTWARE

mBlock 5, based on Scratch 3.0, is specially designed to support STEAM education. By supporting block-based and text-based programming, mBlock 5 allows users to freely create games and animations, and to program Makeblock robots and HaloCode. Moreover, the software features cutting-edge technologies like AI and IoT, making it the perfect helper for coding educators and learners.

Click here to download.

HARDWARE

Makeblock Halocode is a single board computer with built-in Wi-Fi. Designed for programming education, its compact design integrates a broad selection of electronic modules. Pairing with block-based programming software mBlock, Halocode offers all sorts of opportunities to experience AI & IoT application with just a few clicks; it makes creation easy and fun.

Click here to purchase from Amazon. You can also request financial assistant from mYe in the registration form.