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2024 Make-A-Thon Jr. FAQ

Have a question about Make-A-Thon Jr.? Ask here before reaching out separately! Either way, we're glad that you're interested and hope to see you at the competition.


What is biomedical engineering?

Biomedical engineering is the application of engineering principles to solve biological and medical problems. You may be surprised by how much you may already know about biomedical technologies - think about prosthetic arms and wheelchairs!

What is a Make-A-Thon?

A Make-A-Thon is a design experience where teams of students come together to ideate and create solutions to real-world problems. Have an idea to solve a biomedical problem? We will walk you through the ideation and creation process!

Does it cost to compete?

Nope! Makeathon Junior is free for all participants, including lunch and dinner on both days. However, if you decide to drive to USC yourself instead of having someone drop you off, on-campus parking costs $20.

Where will the design experience be held?

The event will be held on USC’s University Park Campus in the Michelson Center for Convergent Biosciences. More information about how to get to this building will be provided in the acceptance and welcome packet.

What do I need to bring?

A positive attitude and your laptop! If you are in need of a laptop, notify us on the application and we will work to provide one for the duration of the event.

What grades can participate?

Any high school student who is interested in learning more about engineering! No experience is required, we will teach you everything you need to know.


When is the application deadline?

February 21st, 2024 @ 3 PM.

Do I need to sign up with a team?

Nope! We will match accepted students with an undergraduate student mentor and fellow high school participants.

When will participants be notified of acceptance?

February 22th, 2024 @ 12 PM.


If you have any additional questions regarding the competition or application, please contact Celine Vazquez at Our team looks forward to reading your applications!

Makeathon Junior is a project of the USC Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering, a chapter of the National Biomedical Engineering Society EIN 36-6212451.


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