Make48 competition sets up Indiana FFA members for success

Indiana FFA’s assistant director of career and leadership development says a first of its kind event is helping prepare members for future careers in ag.

Amanda Mullins says in the Make48 Competition students had 48 hours to create an interactive product to help combat misconceptions in ag.  

“We sat with each team for about 10 or 15 minutes. They pitched their idea what they were thinking and showed any drawings things they had,” she said. “We pretended that we were a consumer or someone in in society going to use their idea.”

The National Make48 Competition challenges students to create a 3D product display, develop a sales plan, produce a marketing video and pitch, and present their big idea to a panel of judges.

Mullins tells Brownfield she was impressed with the ideas the students came up with. Hamilton Southeastern, located in a suburb of Indianapolis, was awarded Best Sales Pitch and was the overall winner. 

“Their topic has to do with pollinators educating younger youth kind of ten and under with their concept. Their prototype is very, very versatile,” she said. “You could find it in a doctor’s office for a child to play with. You could use it in elementary school. You could use it in a park.”

First year chapter, Purdue Polytechnic, located in Indianapolis, took home Best Agilities.

Hamilton Southeastern will go on to compete in the National Make48 Competition in November held in Kansas City, Missouri.

AUDIO: Amanda Mullins, Indiana FFA Association

Photo provided by Amanda Mullins and the Indiana FFA Association.

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