Students to showcase more than 200 STEM-themed exhibits at ocMaker Challenge

Students from across Orange County will exhibit more than 200 STEM-based designs that promote creativity and innovation at the ocMaker Challenge held this Friday and Saturday.

students exhibit projects inside a gymnasiumThe event will feature teams from middle schools, high schools and community colleges that built projects aimed at solving real-world problems or needs. Exhibits will be showcased and judged at the free public event Friday at Chapman University’s Hutton Sports Center in Orange. 

The ocMaker Challenge integrates science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM. Teams began as early as October designing and building prototypes. These projects will be judged on criteria including originality and functionality. Top teams will win cash prizes during an awards ceremony on Saturday.

The event is organized by the Orange County Department of Education’s Career Technical Education Partnership, or CTEp. It’s promoted by CTEoc/Vital Link, with cash prizes provided by sponsors including Airwolf 3D, MatterHackers and the Anaheim DucksFor more information, call 714-966-3531 or visit