If you’re a Star Wars fan who has ever wanted to design your own Star Wars droid, we have some exciting news for you. StarWars.com has announced the “Build My Droid” contest, which gives fans a chance to design a droid that could be included in a future story set in the Star Wars galaxy.
- The “Build My Droid” contest is an initiative launched by Star Wars: Force for Change and FIRST to inspire the next generation of heroes and innovators in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and creative arts.
- Fans and artists ages 16 and up will not only get the opportunity to design a droid for a future Star Wars project, but the winning designer will also be invited to the world premiere of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in December to watch the public debut of their droid design, as it’s revealed on the red carpet.
- The panel of judges for the contest will include
- Neal Scanlan – Star Wars creature and special make-up effects supervisor
- John Swartz – Lucasfilm vice president, creative producer
- Pablo Hidalgo – Lucasfilm senior creative executive
- Mayim Bialik – Celebrity Star Wars fan and STEM advocate
- Dean Kamen – FIRST founder and inventor of the LUKE Arm, a revolutionary prosthesis inspired by Luke Skywalker
- The contest launches today (October 22, 2019) and contestants must submit their droid design in the form of a sketch, drawing, or painting here by November 13.
- FIRST inspires innovation and leadership through engaging, hands-on robotics challenges developed to ignite curiosity and passion in students in grade K-12.
- The support of FIRST is part of The Walt Disney Company’s commitment to provide inspiration and opportunity to the next generation of innovators.
What they’re saying:
- Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy: “The ingenuity and creativity of Star Wars fans has always amazed me. When FIRST teamed up with Force for Change, we saw a great opportunity to both highlight their incredible talent and reaffirm the importance of STEM programs. I can’t wait to see what designs they come up with.”