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Challenge Theme

Rainwater Conservation

See what happened at the UW-Stout competition!

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. 


This October, UW Stout will host their very own Make48 competition. 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 wins $2000.

Distinguished by career-focused applied learning and research, University of Wisconsin-Stout—Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University—offers students the education and environments to prepare for careers in business, industry, education, and the arts. One of its nearly 300 campus labs and studios, the UW-Stout Discovery Center Fab Lab offers innovators, creatives and makers access to 3D printers, laser cutters and other leading-edge digital fabrication tools to bring their imagination to life. Through partnership networks that include MIT, the FabLearn Community, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and others, the Fab Lab is expanding its impact to inspire PreK-12 students around Wisconsin and throughout the world.  

Event Date: October 27-29, 2023


Sponsor The Event

Make48 is made possible with generous support from our sponsors. Celebrate the maker-mindset and engage with your community in an impactful way by sponsoring this event. A variety of investment levels are available.



Tool-Tech Application

Tool-Techs are essential for competing teams to achieve success. Offer your expertise and professional skill by volunteering your time as a Tool-Tech. 



Volunteer Application

The energy of these dynamic events is contagious and to execute them flawlessly we need your help! Volunteer to support the event in a number of ways from helping with setup to registering teams as they arrive.


Our Proud Sponsors

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Team Bios



Boards 'N Bots is a team of FIRST robotics members from Chippewa Falls. They build complicated things quickly. They are sponsored and coached by engineers from TTM Technologies. TTM can make even more complicated things, but usually take way longer than 48 hours! Read more about the team here



Altoona Makers are A-students plus their Tech Ed Teacher from Altoona, Wisconsin. Aaron, Logan, Kaylee and Mr. Ballentine have experience at Making in Altoona's Makerspace, Fab Lab and Technology Education classes from 4th grade through 12th grade. Read more about the team here



Wenzel’s Workers hail from Hammond, Wisconsin. These students are representing St. Croix Central. St. Croix Central is a growing 4K-12 district just 30 miles east of the Twin Cities of St. Paul/Minneapolis. Learn more about the team here



The Weekend Warriors from Neillsville High School is a team of diverse thinkers with a thirst for knowledge and embrace the quest for success! Read more about them here



Our team consists of 3 seniors from rural Amery, WI intending to pursue computer related majors at 4-year institutions next fall. Learn more about the team here

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Menomonie Mustangs is a team of intellectuals from Menomonie, WI. Read all about them here

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