Global Challenge

Join Strawbees greater creative community and participate in this years Music Instrument Challenge!

Musical Instrument Challenge
Register now!

Start building Strawbees music instruments with your students or kids at home and submit your projects by May 1st 2021. We have some extremely attractive prizes in store for you!

What’s in it for you?

Hi, I am Erik, the inventor of Strawbees 🙂

I am on the scout for fun, creative musical instrument inventions. We will look for creativity, sustainability, basic coding skills, teamwork and a 1min /1min 30s video showing your projects!

Teachers & students of schools, afterschool programs, non-profit or other independent education organisations, maker spaces, STEM labs, museums as well as parents & home learners are welcome to register - we have great prizes to win (see below)!

Submit your projects until May 1st 2021 23:59 GMT. We have a high calibre of educators, inventors and edtech judging panel who will announce the results on June 1st 2021 and a virtual award ceremony will be held mid June 2021! Your work will be recognised and featured all over the world.

So what are you waiting for, register now and let the fun begin!

Erik Thorstensson,
Inventor of Strawbees

Who can apply?

The challenge is open for teachers of schools, afterschool programs, non-profit or other independent education organisations, maker spaces, STEM labs, museums and parents worldwide, who can submit projects in 3 different groups. For questions email info@strawbees.com.

Group 1: Teacher & students
(6-8 years old)
  • Teachers can submit projects made by teams of up to four students.
  • Teachers can submit multiple projects.
  • One project per team.
Group 2: Teacher & students
(9-14 years old)
  • Teachers can submit projects made by teams of up to four students.
  • Teachers can submit multiple projects.
  • One project per team.
Group 3: Parents & home learners
(6-14 years old)
  • Parents can submit projects made as a family team of one or more children.
  • One project per family team.

Top prizes worth $13,000!

We have fantastic prizes for 3 different signup groups in total worth around $13,000 and 15 winning categories. The chances that you could win in one of them are high.

Prizes Group 1: Teacher & students  (6-8 years old)

Overall winner 
Best in all categories

Prizes worth over $2,500

1 x STEAM School Kit
2 x Hovercrafts
1 x Free teacher training webinar
2 School Year Licence x Mussila School Edition (200 seats)

Most creative

Prizes worth over $1,000

2 School Year Licence x Mussila School Edition (200 seats)

Most sustainable

Prizes worth over $1,000

2 School Year Licence x Mussila School Edition (200 seats)

Best teamwork

Prizes worth over $1,000

2 School Year Licence x Mussila School Edition (200 seats)

People's choice

Prizes worth over $1,000

2 School Year Licence x Mussila School Edition (200 seats)

Prizes Group 2: Teacher & students  (9-14 years old)

Overall winner
Best in all categories

Prizes worth over $2,200

Most creative

Prizes worth approx. $900

Most sustainable

Prizes worth approx. $650

Best teamwork

Prizes worth approx. $650

People's choice

Prizes worth approx. $900

Prizes Group 3: Parent & home learner  (6-14 years old)

Overall winner
Best in all categories

Prizes worth over $350

Most creative

Prizes worth over $250

1-Year Subscription x Mussila App

Most sustainable

Prizes worth over $250

1-Year Subscription x Mussila App

Best teamwork

Prizes worth over $250

1-Year Subscription x Mussila App

People's choice

Prizes worth over $250

1-Year Subscription x Mussila App

Timeline

Basic ground rules

The basic rule is that you need to use Strawbees products in the projects, but we are also inclusive in regarding being combined with other existing learning tools.

Strawbees is easy to piece together with other educational products like the micro:bit or Samlabs blocks and can be also combined with recycled materials like cardboard, paper and plastics. We believe in diversity and collaboration!

Only entries in English are accepted.

Due to projects being featured online, please choose songs which are in the public domain or improvise!

Register now

Register now and get updates directly to your inbox. For questions, please email us on info@strawbees.com with the subject ‘Need help with Global Challenge’.

The Jury

We have a top notch panel of judges in the domain STEAM, Coding & Learning.

Carl Bärstad

Founder & Master Collaborator at Kids Hack Day

Lindsay Balfour

Head of Professional Development Strawbees

Erik Thorstensson

Chief Innovation Officer and Co-Founder Strawbees

Sam Yancey

 Educator, STEAM Curriculum Developer, Talented Grant Writer

Hai Qiong Peng

Master of Education, 20 years experience as an educator, Founder and CEO of River STEAM Lab

Judging criteria

Creativity

  • Ability to think out of of box
  • Innovative movement & sound
  • Design concept and prototyping

Sustainability

  • Recycled materials
  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • Feasibility

Teamwork 

  • Project scale and complexity
  • Division of team roles
  • Collaboration

Process

  • Ideating
  • Playing & Sharing
  • Trial & Error
  • Reflecting & Iterating

Why join?

Develop 21st century skills

Through coding, design thinking and problem solving, teams can equip themselves with essential 21st century skills.

Teamwork and community spirit

Join Strawbees creative community and share work you are proud of. Our learning tools are made for teamwork, collaboration and perseverance in teams.

Join virtually from anywhere in the world

It's a virtual challenge! Teams complete missions at their own pace and submit results via our online portal.

We love supporting our educators

We are devoted to giving you educators as much technical and content support as possible during the Strawbees Global Challenge. Let’s go on this exciting journey together!

Introducing our music partners and their rock’n’roll prizes

Soundtrap for Education Classroom Subscription

Create podcasts in your classroom using Soundtrap and Google Classroom.
Record and edit audio as text with interactive transcript, right in the browser. Podcast made easy.

With Soundtrap, students will find a creative environment in which they can collaborate and develop their critical thinking and communication skills. As a teacher, you can amplify your current curriculum through music, podcasts, language, literacy training, and other audio recordings, and also prepare your students for their future working life.

Jamstik - Guitar Trainer

The Jamstik's are class-compliant, versatile MIDI controllers, compatible with hundreds of music apps and DAWs. So students can use them as part of an introduction to production and music creation. Whether you're on Mac/iOS using GarageBand, or using Soundtrap for collaboration in the Chrome browser, the versatility of the Jamstik will get you the results you want.

The Jamstik has allowed me to further differentiate my instruction and meet the needs of each of my students. Whether they are beginners or experienced guitar players, all of my students can successfully progress in learning the guitar at their own pace with instant feedback through the exercises that I assign to them."
— Shawna Longo, Arts Integration Specialist, STEAM Consultant, Music Educator

Airjamz by Jamstik

The app-enabled Bluetooth powered guitar pick that makes everyone musical. Simply power up, connect to the free AirJamz Music apps and strum, shake or move. With AirJamz, everyone can rock!

Mussila App - School Edition

Mussila is an award-winning app with hours of musical lessons, challenges, and games carefully crafted by musical experts and educators, designed to provide a playful experience. Kids can choose between four learning paths; Lean, Play, Create & Practice.

Mussila School Edition provides an interactive digital curriculum and customizable courses adapted to different resources and music education systems.
Its game-based approach with the use of digital devices allows for progress tracking, pedagogic excellence, and greater student engagement - in and out of the classroom.

Make music with our online app

Plug your instrument to a computer and play different sounds with our app Strawbees Music! It is designed to work with the computer keyboard, so you just need to program your Quirkbot to press keys!

Get inspired by Strawbees musical tinkering creations

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