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Univ. of Missouri-Kansas City's Innovation Studio to Host Project Lead The Way Make48 Competition

Updated: Dec 7, 2023

Kansas City, MO (October, 2023) Make48 and Project Lead The Way (PLTW) a nonprofit organization that offers transformative classroom and learning experiences for PreK-12 students across the U.S are proud to announce their collaboration to host a Make48 and PLTW competition at the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Innovation Studio from February 2nd to February 4th, 2024.

Make48 is a unique invent-a-thon event that challenges teams to take an idea from concept to prototype in just 48 hours. The competition brings together students from all experience levels to compete on a level playing field, by collaborating with the Make48 tool techs who are on standby to build their ideas. This specific event will see teams tackle real-world problems and create innovative solutions and will be comprised of PLTW students who will use skills they’ve learned in the classroom and apply them in a fun, fast-paced competition.

"We are thrilled to be hosting another Make48 competition, this time in collaboration with Project Lead The Way," said Christina Davis, Director of Program/Project Operations, at the School of Science and Engineering at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. "This event aligns perfectly with our mission to foster creativity, collaboration, and innovation. We look forward to seeing the incredible ideas and prototypes that emerge from this event."

Teams from PLTW high schools across the region will gather at the Innovation Studio to participate in this intense and fast-paced competition. With access to state-of-the-art facilities and guidance from experienced mentors, participants will have the opportunity to bring their ideas to life and showcase their innovative solutions.

"This collaboration between Make48 and PLTW provides learners at all levels with an exciting opportunity to take their knowledge and skills from the classroom and put them into practical use,” said Dr. David Dimmett, PLTW President and CEO. “Students need the space to be imaginative, while being encouraged to think big. This is the type of competition that is helping to build and prepare our future STEM professionals.”

The University of Missouri-Kansas City's Innovation Studio is known for its commitment to fostering innovation and entrepreneurship in the community. With a dynamic and collaborative environment, the studio provides the ideal backdrop for participants to unleash their creativity and bring their ideas to life.

"We believe that events like ours are instrumental in nurturing the next generation of innovators and problem solvers," added Tom Gray, CEO/Creator Make48. "We are thrilled to be returning to UMKC’s Innovation Studio and look forward to providing Project Lead The Way students with the tools, resources, and mentorship they need and create a pipeline of talent that will drive innovation and change in our society."

For more information about the Make48 competition, please visit

About the University of Missouri-Kansas City's Innovation Studio

The University of Missouri-Kansas City's Innovation Studio is a hub for creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. With state-of-the-art facilities and a collaborative environment, the studio provides a space for students, faculty, and the community to turn their ideas into reality.

About PLTW

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) equips PreK-12 students for a STEM-driven world with teacher-empowered curriculum in computer science, engineering, biomedical science, and more. For over 25 years, PLTW’s curriculum coupled with its best-in-class professional development has supported teachers in creating an environment to make every student STEM successful. As a national nonprofit organization, PLTW is proud to reach 2.5 million students in elementary, middle and high schools in all 50 states. With over 100,000 trained teachers nationwide, PLTW brings relevant, hands-on learning to classrooms across the country. For more information on Project Lead The Way, visit


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