2024 Build Iowa’s Future Design Challenge

Work-based learning (WBL) is an effective tool for educators to link what is taught in the classroom to what is needed to  thrive as employees and citizens. Skills and habits ranging from punctuality to problem-solving and collaboration to critical  thinking may best be acquired in the context of jobs and work. Application of classroom concepts, like solving for x when  doing a cost analysis for project supplies, makes learning more meaningful. 

That is why the Iowa Clearinghouse for Work Based Learning and the Home Builders Association of Iowa (HBA of Iowa) are pleased to host the Build Iowa’s Future Design  Challenge for Iowa’s school districts, accredited nonpublic schools and related before- and after-school programming. Three  awards – $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place and $300 for third place – will be made to schools in each of the K-5, 6-8  and 9-12 grade bands for projects scored and selected by reviewers. Challenge sponsors include the Community Colleges for Iowa, Build Iowa, and Pella Corporation. Prize money may be used for school WBL activities.  Outstanding designs may be shared on Clearinghouse and HBA of Iowa websites and through other publications and events.

Check out this year’s winning submissions!

Grades K – 5

1st Place: “Christmas Cabin” from DeSoto Intermediate

Artifacts: Link

Teacher: Ashlee Nichols

2nd Place: “DCES Fourth Grade Future Builders” from Davis County Elementary School

Artifacts: Link 1, Link 2, Link 3

Teacher: Susan Hazen

3rd Place: “Paradise” from Mount Ayr Elementary School

Artifacts: Link 1, Link 2

Teacher: Dara Greenland

Grades 6 – 8

1st Place: Team “ADM Middle School” from Adel DeSoto Minburn Middle School

Artifacts: Link

Teacher: Jon Markus

2nd Place: Team “Farm Life”  from Van Buren County Community School District  

Artifacts: Link 1, Link 2, Link 3, Link 4

Teacher: Stefany Wells

3rd Place – Team “Cybervisionaries” from Norway Intermediate 

Artifacts: Link 1, Link 2 , Link 3

Teacher: Emily DeNeve

Grades 9 – 12

1st Place: “Warrior Cafe” from Van Buren County Community School 

Artifacts: Link 1, Link 2, Link 3

Teacher: Stefany Wells

2nd Place: “Cancer Screening Advocates” from Linn-Mar High School 

Artifacts: Link 1, Link 2, Link 3, Link 4 

Teacher: Lisa A. Skilang