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Engineering Design Challenge

Learn critical thinking, creativity, innovation and problem solving in a non-traditional learning event and have fun at the same time! Young people in grades 3 and up can participate in friendly science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) events. Participants apply their STEM knowledge to solve problems by identifying and researching them, then making and implementing a plan to design a solution. The challenge is designed by staff from the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development.


The 2018 Engineering Design Challenge: Plant a seed and water it

a hand trickling water onto a seedling

New in 2018

Engineering Design Challenge Level 2 for youth in grades 9 and up

Level 2 machines will incorporate four types of engineering: mechanical (simple machines), chemical, electrical and fluid power.

Engineering Design Challenge Level 1 for youth in grades 3 through 8

Level 1 machines focus on mechanical engineering (simple machines).

4-H Engineering Design Challenge state showcase event

We are hosting our first ever state event for all Level 1 and Level 2 teams. This event will include a conference judging experience, STEM careers, hands-on educational sessions and guest speakers.

Form a team and take part in the 2018 Engineering Design Challenge!


Webinars for coaches

The STEM team will conduct three webinars to assist EDC coaches in leading their teams.

Take part in the webinars or watch the recordings

If you've never taken part in an Adobe Connect webinar before, you'll be asked to download the Adobe Connect application. Follow these steps:

  1. Click on the link to the webinar recording.
  2. Click the "Download now" button, and then open and run the downloaded file.

The webinar will begin after you run the application. You need to do this only once; future webinars will not require you to download the app again.

Webinar 1: March 21, 2018

Watch the recording

Webinar 2: Monday, April 9 - 6:30 p.m. CDT

Watch the recording

Webinar 3: Tuesday, May 22 - 6:30 p.m. CDT

Watch the recording

Follow these directions to join any of the webinars

Before the webinar

On the day of the webinar


About Minnesota 4-H

Minnesota 4-H is a learn-by-doing youth development organization offered throughout the state. Read more about 4-H. The 4-H Engineering Design Challenge is one of many science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) projects that young people can do in 4-H. We encourage critical thinking, creativity, innovation, and problem solving in nonformal learning experiences and we have fun in the process!

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