MADE Rescue Robot Challenge

Friday, October 22nd 8am-4pm

The Historic Morganton Festival, Inc. is excited to announce the dates of the Fall 2021 Morganton Arts Design and Engineering (MADE) Competition. After two successful fall team competitions and one spring individual competition, MADE is coming back to downtown Morganton on Friday, October 22 from 8:00am-4:00pm. Originally scheduled for September 10-11 during the Morganton Festival Weekends, MADE was rescheduled to October 22 due to the cancellation of the Festival Weekends. Area Middle and High School students will compete over the two days in the “Rescue Robot Challenge”, an on site engineering and design challenge.

MADE is one of the most successful collaborations between education and industry partners and 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 2021 Rescue Robot Challenge is now taking entry forms with a total of 15 school team spots available (4 students max per team). In order to reserve your space, please contact Abby Nelson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828-438-5280. Spaces are limited and are first come, first serve. 

Prize packages for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams in both middle and high school divisions will be awarded including over $3,000 going directly to technology education. In addition to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes, each school that signs up will receive a $250 stipend to go toward their competition entries. 

The Fall 2021 competition is generously supported by Work in Burke, City of Morganton, Leviton, Burke County Public Schools, TOSS, Western Piedmont Community College, and Boyd & Hassell Industrial & Commercial Properties, Inc.. Now’s the time to join the challenge!