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First Look At The Make48 National Challenge And Our Supporters

This year the team's challenge for Make48 (Season 5) will be…..TOYS! From water sustainability to outdoor lifestyle, the contestants created thoughtful ideas throughout the City Series competitions last year.

Eight teams will have 48 hours to create the best toy idea, based on the criteria given, and pitch their design to a panel of judges. The challenge will allow the makers to get creative and use their imagination much like the young inventor. Toys are a way to help kids understand the world and support their development in multiple ways. From sparking creativity, teaching skills, nurturing language development and boosting self-esteem; early childhood education is the time to introduce your child to learning. As Maria Montessori (educator) once said, “Play is the work of the child.”

We can’t wait to see what ideas arise next week on the national stage in Wichita, to win the grand prize of $10,000. Make48 was created to support creators, makers and future inventors, and to inspire people to transform their innovations and ideas into reality - all within 48 hours. Meet a few of our generous supporters who have partnered with us to bring Nationals 2022 to PBS.

Onshape is a next-generation SaaS design platform that speeds up product development. The cloud-native product development platform will be Make48’s exclusive computer-aided design (CAD) tool across all programs. PTC will provide licenses of Onshape to support Make48’s nationwide competition series and educational initiatives. With only 48 hours to create an idea, Onshape's real-time collaboration tools will be essential in expediting the team's development processes.

Onshape combines CAD with data management and real-time collaboration tools, enabling engineers and manufacturers to improve their design processes to make better and more innovative products. Designers and engineers can access their documents from anywhere, on any device. With 1 in 8 sessions occurring on mobile devices, Onshape is the world's first anywhere, anytime product design platform.

Team Mallory using Onshape at Indianapolis City event

Our Kickoff sponsors are two of Wichita’s top notch organizations. The Knight Foundation and Wichita Community Foundation invest in the city’s vibrancy by creating an engaged community.

The Wichita Community Foundation was created to be a catalyst for the community and create lasting legacies by partnering with organizations that devote resources to causes that matter. A philanthropic partner and connecting point for Wichitans to cultivate community transformation, the organization has given to nearly 300 charitable funds and agency endowments, representing $70 million.

The Knight Foundation provides grants in journalism, the community and the arts. The organization supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, and the arts.

Creating lasting legacies at WCF

Closing ceremonies will be sponsored by The DeBruce Foundation. The DeBruce Foundation is passionate about helping people better understand their strengths and interests, so they can use that information to explore potential careers and expand their opportunities.

They have provided free solutions that positively impact the way we look for, prepare and pursue careers, called the Agile Work Profiler. By monitoring how individuals make gains through their initiatives, DeBruce gains insight on how people might become agile in the face of an ever-changing world of work.

Ann Zimmerman and Natalie Zimmerman from DeBruce Foundation at Wichita City Event

Magswitch Technology is a leader in switchable magnetic technology. From initial development, design and engineering to manufacturing, final delivery and distribution, Magswitch has paved the way for innovation in multiple industries across the globe.

The company has evolved from manufacturing magnetic tools to engineering innovative technology to increase safety, productivity and speed in industries such as; welding, fabrication, automation, manufacturing, shipbuilding and woodworking. Today, Magswitch continues to lead the industry in innovation with its award-winning products and professional applications. Magswitch provides simple solutions that encompass safety, as well as a commitment to Green Technology, by utilizing the enduring power of rare earth magnets without electricity.

Andrew Klein using Magswitch at Hartford event

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