MADE Competition

NCAFE 2023 Award WinnerThe Historic Morganton Festival, Inc. is excited to announce the dates of the Fall 2023 Morganton Arts Design and Engineering (MADE) Competition. The event will take place on Friday, October 20th 2023 at the CoMMA Performing Art Center in downtown Morganton. Area Middle and High School students are invited to compete throughout the day in the onsite engineering challenge.

The Fall 2023 Engineering Design Challenge is now taking entry forms with a total of 15 school team spots available (5 students max per team – option of one team per school). In order to reserve your space, please contact Abby Nelson at anelson@morgantonnc.gov or 828-438-5280. Spaces are limited. 

Winning teams in both the middle and high school division will receive prize packages for 1st ($750) 2nd ($500) and 3rd ($250) place finishes. Prize packages totaling $3,000 go directly to the classroom to further technology education. In addition, each lead teacher (one per team) will receive a $250 stipend. All teams will receive a swag bag including items such as t-shirt, coupons, giveaways, etc. On site snacks and lunch will also be provided.

MADE is one of the most successful collaborations between education and industry partners. It gives Burke County students a chance to experience STEAM-based activities that build skills relevant to many of the area industries. MADE encourages students to think outside of the box and engages participants in critical thinking, design, engineering and innovation.

The Fall 2023 competition is generously supported by Work in Burke, City of Morganton, Burke County, Continental, Leviton, Opportunity Threads, Case Farms, Burke County Public Schools, TOSS, Western Piedmont Community College and NCSSM-Morganton.

2024 Challenge

Details for the next Morganton Art Design and Engineering Competition will be released by Spring of 2024. The Competition is tentatively set for October 2024 at CoMMA Performing Arts Center. In the meantime, please follow us on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MorgantonMADE 

Previous MADE Winners

2023 MADE Marble Rollercoaster Challenge Winners

2023 High School 1st Place ~ North Carolina School of Science and Math – Morganton 2023 Middle School 1st Place ~ New Dimensions Charter School
2023 High School 2nd Place ~ Patton High School 2023 Middle School 2nd Place ~ Morganton Day School
2023 High School 3rd Place ~ North Carolina School for the Deaf 2023 Middle School 3rd Place ~ East Burke Middle School

2022 MADE Assembly Line Challenge Winners

2022 High School 1st Place ~ Patton High School

2022 High School 2nd Place ~ North Carolina School of Science and Math – Morganton

2022 High School 3rd Place ~ Freedom High School

2022 Middle School 1st Place ~ Liberty Middle School

2022 Middle School 2nd Place ~ Heritage Middle School

2022 Middle School 3rd Place ~ East Burke Middle School

2021 MADE Rescue Robot Challenge Winners

2021 High School 1st Place ~ North Carolina School for the Deaf (130 points)

2021 High School 2nd Place ~ East Burke High School (120 points)

2021 High School 3rd Place ~ Draughn High School (95 points)

2021 Middle School 1st Place ~ East Burke Middle School (120 points)

2021 Middle School 2nd Place ~ Heritage Middle School (115 points)

2021 Middle School 3rd Place ~ Liberty Middle School (90 points)

Spring 2021 Lamp Design Challenge

2019 MADE Junkyard Challenge Winners

2019 High School 1st Place ~ Freedom High School Team 1
First Place Winners of the 2019 M.A.D.E. Junkyard Challenge

First Place Winners of the 2019 M.A.D.E. Junkyard Challenge

2019 High School 2nd Place ~ Patton High School
a picture of the High School second place winner

Second Place Winners of the 2019 M.A.D.E. Junkyard Challenge

 

2019 High School 3rd Place ~ Super Team
Combination Team made up from all Burke County High Schools

Third Place Winners of the 2019 M.A.D.E. Junkyard Challenge – Combination Team made up from all Burke County High Schools

 

2019 Middle School 1st Place ~ East Burke Middle School Team 2
a picture of the middle School first place winner

First Place Winners of the 2019 M.A.D.E. Junkyard Challenge

 

2019 Middle School 2nd Place ~ East Burke Middle School Team 1
A picture of the Middle School second place winner

Second Place Winners of the 2019 M.A.D.E. Junkyard Challenge

2019 Middle School 3rd Place ~ Liberty Middle School
a picture of the middle School third place winner

Third Place Winners of the 2019 M.A.D.E. Junkyard Challenge

2018 MADE “ECO Chair” Challenge Winners

Thank you to all of the M.A.D.E. Sponsors. This competition would not be possible without your support.

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