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Make48 Comes to Des Moines with Corteva Agriscience as Challenge Sponsor

With the help of Corteva Agriscience, Make48 is bringing its 48-hour collaborative inventor and maker challenge to Des Moines, Iowa. Des Moines Central Schools will host the event, scheduled for June 7-9, 2024.  

Eight (8) teams from the Des Moines area will be chosen to compete where they will unleash their creativity and innovation with Corteva Agriscience. This thrilling 48-hour collaborative inventor and maker challenge is set to ignite the minds of local high school students and showcase the incredible potential within their community.

Make48 is a nationwide documentary centered around an invention competition. Teams are tasked with a challenge at the onset of a two-day event. Within a tight timeframe of 48 hours, teams are required to develop a prototype, produce a promotional video, design a sales sheet, and pitch their concept to a panel of judges. The competition provides access to a makerspace and a variety of Tool Techs who can build almost anything they come up with, offering participants an equal opportunity to create virtually anything and vie for victory on a level playing field.

“Central Campus is excited to host the Make48 Challenge to showcase the relevant and rigorous learning opportunities Career & Technical Education (CTE) provides Iowa students, said Tascha Brown, Director of Career and Technical Education/Central Campus. “It is the CTE experience that ignites a students’ passion preparing them with the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for the postsecondary world. The Make48 Challenge will bring local employers, community members, and state leaders to Central Campus to increase participating students’ social capital as they interact with expert tool technicians and high-tech equipment throughout the competition. Whether graduating students choose to enroll, enlist, or head straight to employment, the Make48 student teams will show the world how Iowa’s CTE programming students are future-ready.”  

With the generous support of Corteva Agriscience, Make48 is thrilled to expand its reach to Iowa with this being the first time a Make48 has taken place there, bringing an unparalleled opportunity for young inventors and makers to shine. The winning Des Moines team will advance to compete at the national competition, slated for November 2024, where one team can win $10k.  Two episodes of the TV documentary will air on ROKU on This Old House Makers Channel.

Corteva Agriscience™ will serve as the competition’s Challenge Sponsor, helping craft the teams’ objective. As the premier agriscience company solely dedicated to the advancement of agriculture, Corteva embodies a steadfast commitment to enriching the lives of both producers and consumers alike. Their driving force lies in an unwavering purpose – to foster progress for future generations by accelerating the pace of innovation.

Apply Now: High school teams, don't miss this incredible opportunity to showcase your ingenuity and compete on a national stage. Apply now to secure your spot in this thrilling event!

Central Schools 

Central Campus offers unique Career and Technical Education opportunities for high school students across Central Iowa. Their mission is to ensure students possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to be successful at the next stage of their lives. Central Campus students engage in hands-on, real-world work-based educational programs earning high school and college credit and industry-recognized credentials. One of their greatest strengths is increasing students' “social capital” through career-centered learning opportunities with local businesses and employers including paid work experience and apprenticeships in their chosen career path. Central Campus commits itself to providing equal access, through relevant academic and career training experiences for all students.   

About Make48:

Make48 is a nationwide invention-competition docuseries, distributed and aired in partnership with This Old House Makers Channel (Roku), that gives teams a challenge at the start of a two-day event. With just 48 hours, teams must create a prototype, promotional video, sales sheet, and finally 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. 

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