01 / Overview

Welcome to the 5th Annual
Town History in 3D Competition

Hidden within the small valleys of Vermont are historical treasures - beautiful buildings with a past as rich as their architecture. Using the 3D modeling software Sketchup and 3D printing technology, the Town History in 3D Competition brings Vermont historical buildings and their amazing past to life.

High School and middle school students from around the state are challenged to work in teams to research and recreate 3D models of historical buildings in their area. In the process they uncover and document the history of buildings and create a multimedia presentation to accompany their printed 3D models.

All completed models and their accompanying multimedia presentations are entered into a now annual statewide spring invitational showcase where they are judged for their technical mastery, architectural accuracy and historical research and presentation.

Competition Overview

Each participating school must organize a team of 2 to 10 students and a faculty advisor. The faculty member will coach each team and serve as the main point of contact with the competition organizers.

A free course in Sketchup training will be made available to all faculty coaches by Town History in 3D founder Mike Hathorn. Mike, a history and 3D printing teacher at Hartford High School and the originator of 3D Vermont, will conduct 3D training seminars both remotely via Google Hangout and in perspn where possible.

As part of the process and to help ensure that contest entrants remain on track, contest organizers will present challenges throughout the competition that will serve as benchmarks in the research, design, and generation of 3D reproductions and accompanying multimedia presentations.

Teams are encouraged to research, reproduce and document more than one building in their town.

During the course of the challenge, with help from their coaches, students will achieve the following learning outcomes:

  1. Get to know their communities and community histories through directed research.
  2. Learn to use SketchUp to create geo located 3D models.
  3. Create a multimedia presentation on the building to accompany the 3D model.
  4. Present their ideas to peers, experts in the field, and community members.
Click here to register
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02 /Event Details

The Competition's
Culminating Event

March 29, 2019, Judd Hall at Vermont Tech College, in Randolph VT. The High School and Middle School Olympiad of Architectural History in Vermont, is the official title of the competition. All schools involved are expected to send their teams to the event, at which they will place their buildings on a giant map of Vermont at its corresponding geographic location. Each team should either label (on the bottom) or have their models equipped with a QR code linking to the multimedia presentation they have developed. This year, there is a particular focus on encouraging ALL teams to attend the March 30 event, regardless of models are completed. Bring what you have!

A panel of judges will review the models using a rubric focused on historical research, model quality, and authenticity as it relates to the real building as well as the depth of the associated multimedia presentation. Teams will receive feedback from judges offering guidance around what worked well and where improvement can be made.

03 / Awards

Win Prizes
For Your School

1st Place High School

A Flashforge Inventor 3D printer donated by Northeast 3D

1st Place Middle School

A bank of 5 Chromebooks donated by CTL computing, a VT State contract partner

Additional Prizes

3Doodler pens, History/Architecture books for schools, 3D printer filament, a SketchUP-centric mouse pointer, the ever-popular SketchUP socks, and a host of donated shirts, tchotchkes, and 3D-related swag

04 / Rules & Timeline

Contest Rules And Timeline

  1. Each team will consist of 2 to 10 Vermont high school or middle school students and one faculty advisor.
  2. Ideally, one team per high school or middle school - in the case of multiple teams, it is recommended to hold a local competition first, and send the winner of that competition to the Randolph event. (In some cases we can accommodate two per school, but please contact the organizers).
  3. Each team will create 3D printed models of historical buildings in their district. There are no limits on how many models can be submitted. Scale can vary.
  4. Each team will put together a multimedia presentation to accompany the 3D model. The presentation can include the use of audio and written narrative, photographs, drawings, animation and video. It must address the following:
    • The origins of the building including key dates
    • Discussion of its architectural style and details
    • Highlights of the buildings' evolution over time
    • Description of its current use

  5. Each team will be judged on the following criteria:
    • Architectural accuracy of the 3D printed model.
    • Level of detail included in the 3D printed model.
    • Historical accuracy of the multimedia presentation.
    • Depth of research. More specific detail equals a higher score.
    • Originality and creativity of the multimedia presentation (ie. students may not just reprint a Wikipedia entry).
Click here for 2018-2019 Contest Parameters


  • Registration opens on November 1, 2018 and closes
    January 25, 2019.
  • Teacher-training sessions begin early December 2018
  • Project milestones:
    January 25, 2019: Building choosen

    Mid February, 2019: Initial SketchUP drawing underway

    Mid March, 2019: Presentation on history underway
  • Architectural Olympiad March 29, 2019
    Judd Hall at Vermont Tech College in Randolph VT
  • Contest Parameters and Logistics for 2018-2019
  • Senator Sanders letter of support

05 / Updates


Check back here for news and information

WINNERS—2019 - Congratulations to all!!

High School

1st Prize:  Windsor High School
  Windsor Railroad History

2nd Prize: Rutland High School
  Historic Downtown Rutland

Middle School

1st Prize:  Williston Central School
  Thomas Chittenden Homestead

2nd Prize: Maple Run School District
  Old St. Albans

People's Choice Award

Castleton Village School
  Castleton Depot


High School

1st Prize:  Windsor High School
  Ascutney Mill Dam and Powerhouse

2nd Prize: Enosburg High School
  The Quincy Hotel

Honorable Mention: Montpelier High School

Middle School

1st Prize:  Castleton Village School
  Hope House and Cobbler Shop

2nd Prize: St. Albans City School
  Fairfield St. School and Post Office

People’s Choice Award:  Mater Christi School
  UVM Campus Buildings



MARCH 2017
High School

1st Prize:  Rutland High School
  Town of Chittenden buildings

2nd Prize: Windsor High School
  Benjamin Asher’s Cox House

Middle School

1st Prize:  Rutland Middle School
  Paramount Theater

2nd Prize: Williston Central School
  Giles Chittenden Homestead

People’s Choice Award:  Mater Christi School
  Various VT buildings


March 2016

1st Prize: Windsor High School
  Windsor Prison—(now a retirement home)

2nd Prize: Enosburg High School
  Spavin Cure Building

Middle School Prize: Castleton Elementary School
  The Medical College (a building on the Castleton College campus)


March 2015

1st Prize: Windsor High School
  American Precision Museum Building

2nd Prize: Saint Johnsbury Academy
  Brantview Hall, a dormitory on the Academy campus

Middle School Prize: Essex Middle School
  The town center of Williston VT