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2021 ACE DC
Gingerbread Design & Build
Competition Guidelines

  • This competition is open to ACE DC mentors, Alumni, board members, and friends and family of ACE! School teams will get separate information about how to compete in the competition. 


  • Teams should be no more than 5 people. If teams will be working in person, we ask that you follow all CDC guidelines as they pertain to Covid-19. The activities can also be done virtually, with team members working on their own sections and joining them together, or one person executing the design vision of the team.   

  • Teams may use store bought ginger bread kits (If you need suggestions, please check the email that was sent to your team's point of contact), can make their own gingerbread, or even use graham crackers!  

  • The “footprint” (i.e. base) of your edible model should be no larger than 11 inches by 17 inches. 

  • Teams can cut the gingerbread pieces as they choose- and “glue” them together as they choose, as long as the "glue" is edible. 

  • While we won’t be asking for receipts or inventory, in order to keep things fair, we are asking teams to stick with a budget around $60, including cost of the house kits, extra icing, and any edible supplies (candy, marshmallows, graham crackers, pretzels, cookies, etc.)  

  • All parts of the final product must be edible (except the board that the project rests on). 

  • Design concepts and images are not required elements for submission, but are highly encouraged! Perhaps consider submitting a short narrative of the thought and inspiration behind your final project.

  • Upon completion, teams will take 4-5 pictures of their project (no people in the photos please) and send them to ACE DC. These will be uploaded onto team pages, which individuals can share on social media to raise votes (and funds). More information will be provided on how to create and access team fundraising pages during Design Week.

  • ACE DC will send links to all sites where others can vote on their favorite project. A vote is a $1 donation to ACE DC.  

  • Photos must be submitted by December 17 at 5pm. Please note, teams can work on their Build project anytime before December 17th, and are not required to only work on it during Build Week. The only firm deadlines are that teams must register by December 10th and photos of final projects must be submitted by December 17th.