#AutodeskMakeItReal is comprised of three different challenges!
Visit this page to learn about the current contest, which is the third in the series.

For the previous challenge in this series, football star James Develin invited students to help him reimagine what’s possible for health and fitness using the design thinking process. During the first Autodesk “Make It Big” webinar, James shared his vision for a new training and rehabilitation facility that inspires wellness through inventive uses of space. In response to the challenge, students played with ideas and submitted imaginative architectural designs meant to help James tell his story and describe his vision.

In developing their concepts, architects must often mitigate trade-offs like natural light, noise, cost, views, and variety. However, in designing the built environment, some things should never be trade-offs, such as environmental sustainability and access for people with disabilities.

The second challenge is to use an engineering mindset and computational thinking to help James make his vision work for the environment, the surrounding community, and for people with disabilities. The end product should present a clear visual depiction of the design while also providing analysis about how you have addressed issues of access, inclusion, and environmental sustainability. If you completed the first challenge, you may revise, refine, and build upon your original design idea, but you are not required to have completed the first challenge to participate.

Your Instructable needs to include images, text, and documentation. Designs should be created using an Autodesk product, such as Tinkercad, Fusion 360, FormIt, AutoCAD, and/or Revit. Check out this guide for best practices when creating an Instructable.

Register here for the next webinar: Thursday, April 22 at 7 p.m. EST

To get a sense of the kind of gym James Develin wants to build we strongly encourage you to enroll in the fourth webinar of our free series where James will share his vision and you will learn how to use tools that will help you in your design. Recordings of each webinar will appear on this YouTube playlist when they become available. For more information about what grand prize winners can win with their gift card, please visit this CDW prize gallery.

Full Make It Real YouTube playlist.

Submissions will be judged on the following criteria:
Technical Skills - How well does the student product demonstrate 3D digital literacy?
Engineering Mindset - How clearly and convincingly does the student product demonstrate the following engineering habits of mind: Visualizing, Improving, Systems Thinking, Adapting, Problem Finding, Creative Problem Solving?
Computational Thinking - How effectively does the student product show the use of computational practices such as creating algorithms, working with data, understanding systems, and creating computational models in order to address issues related to the challenge such as environmental sustainability and access for people with disabilities?
Presentation - How compellingly does the student product tell a story that is relevant to James’s vision? How well does it highlight visual elements, principles of design, and an insight into the engineering process through procedural writing (renderings, exploded views, sectioned views, walkthroughs, annotated 2D drawings)?

In addition to the webinar recording, you may also find these additional resources helpful in completing this challenge.

Open internationally* to students aged 13-19 years old (*see full rules for specific country eligibility). Contest is open from 12:00 a.m. PT on 2/26/21 until 11:59 p.m. PT on 4/1/21. Thirteen (13) prizes will be awarded. Limit one (1) prize per person. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

The Make it Real Student Design Challenge #2 is closed.

Grand Prize



Three Grand Prize winners will receive a $500 CDW gift card.

Runner Up

Ten Runner Up winners will receive an Instructables Prize Pack.

Write an Instructable

Create a new Instructable that fits the guidelines outlined in the contest description above. To be eligible, Instructables must be published between Mar 4, 2021 and Apr 1, 2021 (11:59pm PT).


Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select Make it Real Student Design Challenge #2. If you have entries currently eligible for entry, it will also show up by clicking "Enter this Contest" on the right side of this page.


Entries are accepted by Instructables staff within one business day Monday - Friday. What matters is the submission time, not acceptance time.


A panel of judges made up of Instructables staff and respected members of the community rate the finalists. The averages of the ratings determine the winners.


When the winners are decided they will be notified and announced here on the contest page.