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Where Ideas Take Shape: Make48 Returns to UW-Stout Campus

Excitement is brewing once again in Menomonie, Wisconsin, as the countdown begins for the highly anticipated return of Make48 to the UW-Stout campus. 

The outside of the UW-STOUT campus building in Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin-Stout | Wisconsin's Polytechnic University

On October 4-6, 2024, eight teams of high school students will converge on Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University to tackle a mystery challenge that pushes the limits of their creativity. The event’s challenge will be formally unveiled on Friday, October 4.

University of Wisconsin-Stout (UW-Stout), an institution distinguished by its model of applied learning and research, industry-sponsored projects and career preparation will transform into a busy building community when participants are presented with the design challenge. 

To meet the 48-hour deadline, competing teams will collaborate with UW-Stout tool technicians and other volunteers in Stout’s Fab Lab to bring their ideas and inventions to life. 

Last year UW-Stout proudly hosted Make48 for its debut Career Pathways Competition, during which teams were challenged by 3M Menomonie to tackle the issue of rainwater conservation. Boards 'n Bots from Chippewa Falls High School clinched the top spot, scholarships and a cash prize, and the competition was a resounding success, leaving all participating teams delighted with the experience.

“Innovation is at the heart of everything we do at UW-Stout, so it was exciting to see the next generation of makers prototyping inventions with the help of Stout’s FabLab student technicians and equipment,” said Katherine Frank, UW-Stout’s Chancellor. “We’re looking forward to having these students among those who choose Stout for our engineering, technology, industrial design and other future-focused degree programs. 

In 2024 every moment of the competition will be captured by the Make48 film crew, poised to showcase the teams' innovation and determination to a global audience via This Old House Makers Channel on Roku. And what awaits the winning team? A $2,000 team cash prize, $1,000 scholarship awards for each winning team member, and the opportunity to represent UW-Stout at Nationals in Kansas City, Missouri this November. It's a chance to shine on a national stage and leave a mark on the world of innovation.

We're currently seeking sponsors and volunteers to help make the UW-Stout Make48 event a resounding success. Together, let's shape the future and revolutionize the world, one idea at a time. Contact us today to learn more about how you can get involved and support the future of innovation 


About UW-Stout:

UW-Stout, Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University, supports career-focused applied learning and research through real-world experiences and offers engagement opportunities with its business and industry partners. Its graduates have a 99% employment rate within six months of graduation. The FabLab, a jewel among the nearly 300 labs and studios on UW-Stout’s campus, provides innovators, artists, and creators access to state-of-the-art 3D printers, laser cutters, and leading-edge digital fabrication tools. Open to both students and community members, this facility serves as a launchpad for turning imaginative ideas into reality. 

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. 

Make48 Media Contact:

Cassandra Muñoz


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