2018 Student Trophy Design Contest

2017 student contest banner

Created by cutting-edge technology, ACTE’s Excellence Award trophies manifest CTE’s role in preparing students for 21stcentury careers and harness the power of collaboration between CTE and business and industry partners. Through the student design contest, the trophies not only celebrate CTE but showcase the talents of its greatest achievement: its students.

ACTE received nearly 400 entries for the 2017 Student Trophy Design Contest. Here are the designs that made it to the Top 40:

 ACTE continues the annual trophy design contest in 2018. See below for contest details, or download our flyer here.Click here to go directly to the online entry form.

What is the goal?
The goal for contest entrants is to design a trophy to celebrate the ACTE Excellence Award winners.

What is the prize?
The first-place designers will receive:

  • $1,000 scholarship prize for the winning team
  • a free one-year lease of a 3D printer and materials for the winner’s school, courtesy of Stratasys
  • paid travel trip to San Antonio, Texas for the winner and teacher to be recognized at the 2018 ACTE Awards Banquet in front of ACTE award winners, leaders, and 400+ attendees
  • a 3D-printed copy of their award, courtesy of Stratasys
  • one year complimentary ACTE membership for the student(s) and their teacher
  • recognition in ACTE’s promotional channels andTechniquesmagazine

Who can enter?
The contest is open to secondary, postsecondary and adult CTE students in 3D design courses or other CAD courses. Students may enter as individuals or as teams of no more than two (2) people. All team members must be enrolled as students in an educational institution during the semester/term in which they contribute to the design. Each entry must be entirely the original work of the persons identified in the entry. The contest is not open to any persons employed, past or present, as a professional in 3D printing.

Can educators help with their students’ projects?
Educators may advise students, but should not take on a significant role in developing the designs.

How do I enter the contest?
Teams should submit their entries online via the? ACTE Awards PortalbyMay 1, 2018.


  • Team information & completed release form
  • Brief bio (300 words max)
  • Photo/headshot of entrant(s)
  • Design file (see requirements below)


  • DIMENSIONS:The design should be no larger than 10″ tall x 6″ wide x 6″ deep. If your design is larger, please scale down the STL file before submitting.
  • DESIGN ELEMENTS:The design must incorporate:
  • theACTE logo
  • a flat surface on the bottom of the design [4″- 6″in diameter] so the trophy can be affixed to a wooden base.
  • FILE FORMAT:Your entry must be submitted as an STL file, which can be exported from most CAD software packages (see more information on how to export an STL file here).We will not accept any other file type.
  • You may upload up to 6 separate files if your design incorporates separate attachments or moving parts. Please DO NOT submit more than one design entry as part of the same entry form.

Do you have any tips for my design?

When the selection team reviews the designs, they will consider the following:

  • Is the design visually appealing and interesting? Does it make creative use of 3D space?
  • Can you envision this design being used as the template for a national award trophy?
  • Is the design printable and will it withstand travel to and from the ACTE conference? (ex. not too fragile or breakable as a 3D object)
    • Need inspiration? Check out the Top 40 designs from last year for an idea of the variety and type of designs that made it to the final rounds.

Career and technical education (CTE) covers a large variety of content areas (learn more about CTEhere). It is recommended that designs do not allude to one specific content area (ex. agricultural education), as teachers from all CTE content areas are eligible for the Excellence?Awards. Designs should reflect the prestige and values of the ACTE Excellence Awards program. The winning design for the ACTE Excellence Awards trophy will be creative, visually appealing, and adhere to the required specifications. Aside from the ACTE logo, we do not recommend designers incorporate words in their design (ex. ‘Teacher of the Year,’ etc.)

Who will be judging the designs?
Designs will be reviewed by Stratasys and ACTE staff to ensure they meet design specs. ACTE will select the winner. Winners will be notified August 2018.

What’s the fine print?
ACTE retains the copyright on any submitted material and reserves the right to use the material, edit the design to accommodate production needs in any way or format it sees fit.

For more information or questions about submissions, please contact ACTE staff at awards@acteonline.org or call 800-826-9972, ext. 305.

2017 Student Trophy Design Contest Winner

ACTE is excited to announce the winner of the 2017 ACTE Student Trophy Design Contest: Brooks Baro, a sophomore at McIntosh High School in Peachtree City, Georgia. Brooks’ design was selected from out of nearly 400 entries submitted for the 2017 contest. Read the press release here.

Brooks trophy group 2

Left to Right: Chris Schier from Technical Training Aids; Brooks Baro, winning designer; Matthew Gambill, Executive Director of Georgia ACTE; and Larry Singleton, instructor at McIntosh High School.

2017 Trophy Design and Actual

2016 Student Trophy Design ContestWinner

In September 2016, ACTE announced the winner of the first-ever Student Trophy Design Contest: Matthew Gump, a rising senior at Landstown High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia.Read the press release.Matthew’s design was used as the template for producing the 3D-printed trophies that were
presented to the national Excellence Award winners at the 2016 Awards Banquet in Las Vegas, Nevada. Matthew was recognized on stage at the event, along with his instructor, Jennifer Renne, and presented with a $1,000 scholarship, courtesy of Stratasys.

Matthew Gump group photo

Left to right:Michael Block from Stratasys; Matthew Gump; Jennifer Renne