Two Indianapolis teams are advancing to the Make48 nationals in Kansas this March, where they will compete for $10,000. Make48 is a multi-city invention competition docuseries where teams create a prototype, promotional video and a sales sheet to present to a panel of judges.
The Indy teams advanced to the national competition after winning a local event at the Machyne makerspace at the 16 Tech Innovation District. The challenge, Empowering Health @Home, asked teams from around central Indiana to imagine, design and build a protype of a pill box or IV medical stand in 48 hours.
The teams moving forward include The Mallorys, a team of four Purdue University Polytechnic High School teachers, and The Grindery, a team of two eighth graders at Orchard Elementary School and two mentors from the Grindery business incubator in Indy’s Near Northwest neighborhood.
The Mallorys developed “Spring, plant by day, home healthcare by night.” The home healthcare system won $2,000 for first place in the Indy competition.
“Make48 was an opportunity to spend time with people I love working with and put our teaching methods to the test,” said Gregg Nowling, team member of The Mallorys. “From the moment the clock started, we approached this challenge the way we ask our students to, and it was nice to see that our methods worked.”
Anya Hicks, Miles Suarez-Davis, Dr. Ivan Douglas Hicks, and Samuel Hodges of The Grindery received second place with their invention, the “Medicane,” a multipurpose mobility and telehealth device.
The full Indianapolis docuseries debuted during a virtual premiere party earlier this month.
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