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Season 8 Nationals

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Operation Breakthrough's Ignition Lab to Host Make48's Season 8 Nationals!

Make48 is a 48-hour competition where teams are presented with a challenge and tasked to build a physical prototype, create a sales sheet, produce a 1-minute marketing video and pitch their big idea to a panel of judges. 


In November 2024, the Ignition Lab will host the winning teams from our 2024 Career Pathways host locations including the University of Missouri-Kansas City, The Delta School, Kansas State School for the Blind, Fishers Maker Playground, Milwaukee School of Engineering and University of Wisconsin-Stout. With access to expert tool technicians and high-tech equipment, competing teams will have the power to build almost anything.


For this challenge, collaboration is the key to success. Many people have big ideas but few possess the resources to develop a prototype that turns them into reality. To build anything, different skills, materials and equipment must work together to create a final product. Make48 allows this process to be achieved with a fun, fast-paced, and educational event. First place team will win $10,000!

The new Ignition Lab is the natural next step for students, ages 14 to 18 who have aged out of Operation Breakthrough’s Maker City program with basic skills in coding, circuitry, culinary arts, construction and design, digital media, robotics, visual art and more. It’s also a powerful springboard for teens who live in economically depressed, often violent neighborhoods.

Event Date: November 8-10, 2024

@Operation Breakthrough's Ignition Lab


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