MADE Competition

MADE Competition
Posted on 09/11/2019

Morganton, NC – Sept, 9, 2019 Several middle and high schools within Burke County Public Schools were awarded and recognized during the MADE (Morganton Art Design and Engineering) Competition at the Historic Morganton Festival. 


This is the second year the competition has made an appearance at the festival. Students were challenged to make wind turbines with recyclable material under a time limit.


Students had the challenge to create wind turbines on site at the festival, said Andrea Gladden, Project Lead the Way coordinator at East Burke Middle School.


Gladden said, “They are given all the material to where they actually have to engineer a way to hook up a generator to make the wind turbine blades.”


They were asked to create the most power in three different types of habitats including mountains, plains and the coast. 


Paul Gantt, Project Lead the Way coordinator and instructional coach at Patton High School said, the competition gives a way for students to learn different STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills that local industries use.


Gantt said, “We thought that this would be the perfect showcase to get our students out and into the community to show that yes we do teach these things and these are skills that we expect out of most all of our students that come through the program.”


Middle Schools who were awarded were as follows:


  • 1st Place: East Burke Team 2
  • 2nd Place: East Burke Team 1 
  • 3rd Place: Liberty Middle School 

High School


  • 1st Place: Freedom Team 1
  • 2nd Place: Patton High School
  • 3rd Place: Eastern Burke Combination Team

The competition would not have been possible without sponsorships from Continental, Work in Burke, the City of Morganton, Leviton, Western Piedmont and the North Carolinas School of Science and Mathematics. 


Burke County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Larry Putnam said. “The MADE Competition was a great way for our students to be involved in learning skills that local industries use every day in their workplaces. Having an engaged community is a part of our Strategic Plan and having our students learn these skills early is a way to open doors for them after graduation whether at local industries or when furthering their education. We can’t thank our sponsors enough for making this competition possible for our students.”


MADE Competition
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