Imagining the Awesome Future of Automobiles

STEM, STEAM, and design thinking are buzzwords in education today. In addition to true STEM projects, we also work to include the arts in all subjects. The U.S. Toyota Dream Car Art Contest is the perfect contest for classrooms across the United States. Specifically, this art contest combines design thinking and the arts. Definitely, download the lesson plan and entry forms now. Then, enter between November 1, 2019, and January 31, 2020. (Also scroll down for a special art supply giveaway just for readers of this post.)

Toyota Dream Car Art Contest

This post is sponsored by U.S. Toyota Dream Car Art Contest. All opinions are my own.

Entry Guidelines

The U.S. Toyota Dream Car Art Contest is open to children aged 4 – 15 in the United States. First, the artwork must be hand-drawn. Then, it will be judged on execution, uniqueness, and artistry of concept. Additionally, students can use paint, markers, and/or colored pencils. Before you start, check out winners from last year’s contest.


How to Use the U.S. Toyota Dream Car Art Contest in Your School

In particular, here are several subjects that fit well in this competition:

  • STEM labs
  • Art 
  • Engineering design 
  • Design thinking 
  • Public speaking
  • Cross-curricular units
  • History of technology courses

Furthermore, if you collaborate with other subject areas, teachers can each cover a portion of the content in the lesson plan.

Last year, Sydney Bella Yian Cui, age 6, was awarded the Gold Award in her age category for her artwork, “Toyota Magical Piggies.”

Real World with Imagination Integration

Certainly, the future of automotive technology is a fascinating topic for technology courses. Consequently, this contest will also spark practical discussions about the history of automobiles. After discussing history, have future-facing conversations about topics like self-driving cars and AI.

Then, your students can imagine the future. Take a look at Sydney Bella Yian Cui’s winning entry. As you can see, students can use imagination and artistry to share dreams of the automobile's future

In summary, in addition to their artwork, students will need the entry forms and their parents to sign off on their entries. Now, all information on this project is found on the contest website.

Post on Social Media to enter to win some art supplies!

SHARE! Show us the cool cars that your students are drawing in your classroom on social media! In order to do this, use our unique hashtags of #DreamCarCoolCat and #ToyotaDreamCarUSA.

GIVEAWAY ALERT! Right now, sign up here [] and you might receive a Classroom Kit for the U.S. Toyota Dream Car Art Contest. Specifically, each kit includes a 50-count art paper pad by Strathmore, a 50-piece colored pencil set, and a 30-pack set of pre-printed entry forms, stickers, and contest information. Sign up today, as only thirty (30) kits are available. (We will email you if you win!)

In conclusion, November through January is the perfect time of the year for this great project. Good luck!

Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored content post.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via a cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies I can recommend. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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