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Kansas School For The Blind Event Launches This Weekend


Students will take on a big challenge this weekend at The Kansas State School for the Blind. Six teams of students will bring a brand new idea to life and create a working prototype in 2 days.


The students will be led by industry experts and entrepreneurs from around the midwest. A few of these mentors are returning to Make48 and a few will have their first Make48 experience. Together they will work with the tool techs and patent attorneys to try and make an impact in the toy industry. Stellar Image Studios will film the entire event for an upcoming episode on This Old House Makers Channel (Roku).


Here are your KSSB teams and team captains!


Kellye Crockett and Clint Hanson (representing MTI Events) will lead team The Three Rocketeers team. Team members Lupita Tomas-Matias, Darby Reimer and Mary Flowers will be in good hands. This is Kellye’s first event, but she’s an expert at makerspaces. Clint competed in season 1, and won!




Kellye Crockett and Clint Hanson






Matticus Hunt and Nich Musselman will compete with team Nuts & Bolts!

Matticus and Nich come from the cybersecurity company, Cyderes and will lead students Ben Webster, Mara Hug and Kate Engle to the finish line this weekend.


Matticus Hunt and Nich Musselman (Cyderes)






Joe Kelley and Brent Uebelhart are newcomers to Make48. Joe and Brent are project managers from Kadean Construction and will help manage Team Fusion Force.

The duo will work together with Jace Lyden, Viviana Petelin, and Ethan Benjamin.

Joe Kelley and Brent Uebelhart (Kadean Construction)






Nick Privitera (MarkOne Electric) is returning to lead another KSSB team! Nick will lead

Team DNAwesome with students Svetlana Ehlers, Richie Tienter and Ava Winters.


Nick Privitera (MarkOne Electric)




Bill Kriege (Rockhurst University) and Natalie Zimmerman (DeBruce Foundation) will

co-captain The Innovators; Gauge Nelson, Sydney Parcell and Nehemiah Perez.

Natalie is following in her dad’s footsteps, Matt Zimmerman, who captained the Noble Nuggets last year.

Bill Kriege (Rockhurst University) and Natalie Zimmerman (DeBruce Foundation)






Adam Smith (VP of Sales at Wet & Forget) is coming all the way from Chicago to lead The Machine Heads. Jaxon Wood, Mykah Pedersen and Ty Pennington will work with Adam at his second KSSB competition.

Adam Smith (Wet & Forget)





KSSB students Chelsea Tunget, Kinnick Woolley, Riley Warrick, Addie Bartels, Iris Chambers, and Callie Dyches will help the teams and support them during the weekend.


Tool Techs will be coming in from Kansas City and around the country. Lydia Knopp, KSSB makerspace director, will lead the crew. Stan Fernald, Travis Putman, Lizzy Cook, Tyler Isaacs and Adam Kittrell will be back to support the participants and build a trophy using a wide variety of materials and fabrication.


Matt Rohr (Onshape) will return to help students with their CAD designs. ShopBot is sending a new technician, Ryan Patterson and the teams will work with Ryan Holland on their marketing videos and pitch! See more of our sponsors here.


The competition will launch Friday afternoon and the teams will get to work to create that award-winning idea. On Sunday they’ll pitch their ideas to judges where one team will win $2,000, a trophy and will compete at the National competition this fall!


Follow Make48 on Instagram or FB to watch all the fun and creativity unfold.








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