What is the KC MADE competition?
The KC Manufacturing and Design Expo is a contest among high school students (grades 9-12) in construction and manufacturing programs. Projects are not limited in scope. Participants have the freedom to enter everything from a tiny house to a dining room table.

KC MADE Mission
The Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City (KCHBA) is a non-profit organization focused on supporting the home-building industry. KCHBA hosts the KC MADE competition to promote careers in the residential construction industry. KC MADE is a component of the KCHBA’s workforce development initiative, which began due to the current skilled labor shortage within the home-building industry. The KC MADE competition focuses not only on promoting skilled trade development and opportunities in the home-building industry, but also the importance of soft skills and connecting education to industry stakeholders.

2024 KC MADE Competition

  • WHEN: April 9-April 14
  • WHERE: Science City, Union Station
  • ENTRY DEADLINE: March 18, 2024

Tentative Schedule

  • Project Arrival/Staging: Mon., April 8 from 12:00-5:00 p.m.
  • People’s Choice Voting (Online):
    Wednesday, April 10 at 8:00 a.m. – Saturday, April 13 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Competition Day – Saturday, April 13
    • Student Arrival: 9:30 a.m.
    • Judging: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    • Student & Industry Luncheon & Awards: April 13, Location TBD
    • Project Release: April 13 following lunch


 Judging and Awards

A panel of judges will determine the award winners based on project quality, skill knowledge and professionalism. Program grants will be awarded to the schools of the first, second and third place overall winners in the amounts of $1,000, $750 and $500.

Showmanship Winner: This individual displays professionalism with their attire, communication skills and leadership. This award is decided upon by the panel of judges.

People’s Choice Winner: Consumers will be able to view the projects on the Kansas City Home Show’s Facebook page and vote for their favorite.