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Maker Challenge 2019

February 16 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm CST

Entry forms for this competition may be obtained by visiting the Birmingham Children’s Theatre webpage: http://www.bct123.org/maker-challenge/

In conjunction with Career and Tech Month, National Engineers’ Week, and BCT’s production of THE HUNDRED DRESSES, Alabama Public Television, Birmingham Children’s Theatre, and MAKEbhm are sponsoring a MAKER CHALLENGE to celebrate innovation, creativity, and problem solving through technology and craftsmanship.


1). Students identify a problem in everyday life.

2). Students use their creativity and skills to innovate a solution through technology, craftsmanship, or a combination of the two.

3). Students present their prototypes and projects for adjudication on February 16.

4). Projects may be created by an individual or a group.

5). Projects will be judged in two separate categories and age groups: Middle School Technology, Middle School Craftsmanship, High School Technology, and High School Craftsmanship. Middle School is grades 6-8 and High School is grades 9-12.

6). Students and their sponsoring teacher will receive a complimentary ticket to THE HUNDRED DRESSES performance held on the day of the challenge. Friends and family members of competing students will have the opportunity to purchase discounted tickets to the same performance.

Submission Schedule:

January 25: Entry forms due
February 16: Maker Challenge

Exhibition Schedule:
10am: BCT Lobby opens
12:00-12:30pm: Students set up entries
12:30: Judging begins
2:30pm: THE HUNDRED DRESSES performance for participants and general public
4 pm: (approximately): Talkback/question and answer session with Makers followed by Presentation of Challenge Winners

Presentation Guidelines and Regulations:

1). All students will be provided with a table to display their project/prototype. Tablecloths will not be provided.

2). Power outlets will be made available only if requested on the submission form.

3). Students should be prepared to give a 2 to 5 minute presentation of their project in which they discuss the problem they identified and how their project aims to solve it. Students should be prepared to answer adjudicators’ questions following the presentation.



February 16
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Birmingham Children’s Theatre


Alabama Public Television
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