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KC MADE Competition

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ENTRIES CLOSED Feb. 16, 2018

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Please submit completed registration forms to

Competition Chairman: Drake Vidrine
Competition Managers: Ryan Mellick and Michael Riley
KCHBA Staff Contact: Courtney Reyes

What is KC MADE competition? The KC Manufacturing and Design Expo is a contest among high school students in construction and manufacturing programs (grades 9-12). Students who enter the contest will display their woodworking and mixed wood/metalwork projects during the Greater Kansas City Home Show, March 23-25, 2018. Projects are not limited in scope and can range from a tiny house to a dining room table. A panel of judges will determine the award winners based on specific criteria outlined below. Winners will be announced during the Home Show.

KC MADE Mission: As a non-profit organization focused on supporting the home-building industry, the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City (KCHBA) hosts the “KC MADE” competition at its Greater Kansas City Home Show in an effort to promote careers in the residential construction industry at a time when it is experiencing an unprecedented labor shortage.

Rules and Regulations:

1. Eligibility: Entries in this show are open to high school students, grades 9-12. Entries must be submitted to the Home Builders Association by the CTE educator. Projects exhibited must have been constructed by the students under the direct supervision of the CTE educator.!6

  • A project may only be exhibited one time at the Greater Kansas City Home Home Show KC MADE competition.
  • Only projects started on or after March 1, 2017, are eligible for exhibition; the project must have been constructed in the last year.

2. Loss or Damage: Every precaution will be taken to protect the projects entered; however, neither the Greater Kansas City Home Show, KCHBA staff, competition superintendents nor judges will be responsible for any loss or damage to projects.

3. Entries: Projects may be constructed by an individual or a group and may be individually or school owned. All projects must be entered in the names of the exhibitors who participated in the planning and construction of the project.

  • Each exhibitor may enter two (2) projects total, including group projects.
  • A group of exhibitors shall not exceed six (6) students showing the project.
  • Substitution of projects will not be allowed.
  • Exhibit space and location will be at the competition staff’s discretion.

4. Marketing: KCHBA prohibits advertising the sale of student projects during the KC MADE competition.

5. Off-loading Assistance: All reasonable efforts should be made for project set up/staging. If the competition manager(s) determine that the project cannot be unloaded safely, the Greater Kansas City Home Show staff will provide assistance.

!86. Showmanship: Pre-elected anonymous judges will select showmanship winners.

  • Exhibitors should be dressed appropriately and remain with their projects during judging.
  • Exhibitors should be courteous and helpful to those viewing their projects, including those exhibiting next to them. Exhibitors should not interfere with or shield those who are exhibiting next to them.
  • Exhibitors should be prepared to answer questions when their projects are being judged. Knowledge of the project will be evaluated at that time. Exhibitors should be well informed on the project that they are representing, but should not be boisterous or argumentative.

7. Project Presentation: All projects must be complete including finish.

  •  Any items necessary for use must be a part of the project (hinges, latches, lift pins, hydraulic hoses, etc.), including documentation.
  • All projects must be painted or properly treated and must be clean and in a presentable condition, even though they may have been used. No touch up painting of ANY type will be allowed inside the exhibit area.
  • No electricity will be available for computers or other electronic devices. An effort will be made to provide electricity for projects requiring it for operation during judging only. *This must be denoted in your registration.

8. Documentation: An original (exhibitor drawn) plan or drawing, a bill of materials, and photographs showing all phases of construction/restoration are to be provided with projects. Display of plans, photos, etc., must be done in such a manner that no additional space is required.

9. Judging Criteria: Pre-elected judges will select the winners based on the following criteria.

  • Workmanship (including finish): 30 points
  • Design and Materials Used (including practicality): 20 points
  • Documentation: 20 points
  • Degree of Difficulty: 20 points
  • Knowledge of Project: 10 points
  • Total: 100 points

Bookshelf - woodworking web10. Competition Divisions and Classes: Please register all projects by division (Division 1: Woodworking; Division 2: Manufacturing). Classes will be determined following the entry deadline. Awards and prizes will be presented in the following categories:

  • 1st Place Overall Award: Plaque/Sponsor Prize/School Grant – $1,000
  • 2nd Place Overall Award: Plaque/Sponsor Prize/School Grant – $750
  • 3rd Place Overall Award: Plaque/Sponsor Prize/School Grant – $500
  • People’s Choice Award: Plaque
  • 1st Place/Division Award: Plaque/Sponsorship Prize
  • 1st Place/Class Award: Ribbon
  • Showmanship Award: HBA Workforce Development Prize TBD

Greater Kansas City Home Show Timeline

  • Arrival/Staging: March 22 – 12:00-5:00 p.m.  and March 23 – 8:00-10:00 a.m.. (By appointment only;
  • Judging: March 24 – 10:00 a.m.
  • Awards: March 25 – 12:00 p.m.
  • Release: March 25 – 3:00 p.m.

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Contact Courtney Reyes, KCHBA