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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!

Webinar for coaches: Wednesday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m. CDT

Follow these directions to join the webinar

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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