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Updated: Oct 25, 2022

The 48-hour invention competition, Make48, is going back to their roots and returning to Kansas City for its City Series competition this December. Kansas State School for the Blind will host the 2-day collaborative inventor and maker challenge. The competition is set to take place December 2-4, 2022.

Six teams of students from Kansas and Missouri, including the Kansas State School for the Blind, will be able to participate in the unique maker competition which helps contestants discover what is possible in just 48 hours. The twist is that competitors don’t do any of the building, Make48 supplies all the tool technicians to help teams create anything they can think of to solve the challenge. The Kansas State School for the Blind is a state agency dedicated to the education of students who are visually impaired or blind.

Jon Harding, Superintendent at KSSB, is looking forward to seeing the students compete. “We are thrilled to partner with Make48 to bring a premier event/competition to students who are blind and have low vision. It sends a message that STEM is for all students, and that those who are blind can display their intelligence, creativity, and team-building skills alongside community and business leaders. This competition will allow students to build relationships with adults and peers in a positive, exciting environment. This will be a one-of-a-kind opportunity for students to expand their social networks and to identify potential mentors who can help them on their journey to independence, employment and post-secondary success.”

The KSSB Makerspace is a small but mighty, accessible learning space where students use 3D printers, embroidery circuit machines, heat press and so much more. The event’s goal is to showcase that Make48 has no barriers, anyone can compete, you just have to have a great idea! The winning team will win $2k and advance to compete at the national competition, slated for March 2023, where one team can win $10k.

Make48 Co-creator and CEO Tom Gray added, “It’s wonderful to see Kansas City support KSSB and their students. For the first time EVER, the captains of each team will come from local businesses. Our aim is for these potential employers to spend 3 days with the students. We know they are extremely creative within the design process, and Make48 thrives on collaboration as our key to innovate. We have effectively removed all barriers and with some creative relationship building, we hope the students can start their own employment journey once they graduate.”

Following a successful series of Make48 competitions, KSSB will be the final event of 2022 in which six other cities held challenges with sponsors such as; Harley-Davidson, TREK Bicycle and Corteva Agriscience. Watch what happened at Milwaukee’s 2022 event HERE!


About Make48

Make48 is a nationwide invention-competition docuseries distributed by leading syndicator American Public Television that gives teams a challenge at the start of a two-day event. With just 48 hours, teams must create a prototype, promotional video and sales sheet, and present their idea to a panel of judges. The teams have access to a makerspace and numerous Tool Techs that can make almost anything, patent attorneys, marketing experts, and more. This format allows everyone to have a level playing field and the chance to win, with no prior technical knowledge necessary. Make48 Facebook YouTube Twitter Instagram

Kansas State School for the Blind

Kansas State School for the Blind is a fully accredited public high school located in Kansas City, Kansas, U.S., serving students in grades Pre-K through 12. The school was established in 1867. It is located on 10 acres located in downtown Kansas City, Kansas. Kansas State School for the Blind is a State Agency dedicated to the education of students who are visually impaired or blind. KSSB has some of the most talented and creative teachers to be found anywhere. Most are licensed specialists in Blindness and Visual Impairments and many have additional specializations such as math or science or areas of disability (i.e., Deaf-Blind or Learning Disabilities). All staff members function as a part of a multidisciplinary team which guides the education of each student. Among these team members are Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists, Rehabilitation Teachers, Social Workers, a Music Therapist, Nurses, a Dietary Specialist, Occupational and Physical Therapists, a School Psychologist, a Low Vision Optometrist, an Activity Therapist, Braille Transcribers, and a Speech Therapist.

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