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.

2023 KC MADE Competition

  • WHEN: March 28-April 1
  • WHERE: Science City, Union Station
  • ENTRY DEADLINE: March 17

Tentative Schedule

  • Project Arrival/Staging: Mon., March 27 from 12:00-5:00 p.m.
  • People’s Choice Voting (Online):
    Wednesday, March 29 at 8:00 a.m. – Saturday, April 1 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Competition Day – Saturday, April 1
    • Student Arrival: 9:30 a.m.
    • Judging: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    • Student & Industry Luncheon & Awards: April 1; Location TBD
    • Project Release: April 1


 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.