Learn about engineering and engineering design processes through hands-on projects using Design It! curriculum. These projects extend a design challenge revolving around the building of a simple model of a familiar technology and improving its performance.
Like all 4-H activities, online adventures are driven by young people’s passion for learning. They may be one week, one month or longer in duration. Typically, youth respond to one video challenge per week with a video recording of their response. Learn more.
The engineering design challenge encourages critical thinking, creativity, innovation and problem solving in a non-traditional learning event while having fun! Young people in third through eighth grade can compete in these friendly science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) competitions, which take place BOTH online and at county fairs. Learn more.
Potential and current 4-H members engage in engineering experiences at a half-day workshop full of hands-on challenges and fun. Learn more.
To view county or local club events, visit the county website.
4-H plays a pivotal role in youth development and public education at the Minnesota State Fair. More than 7,000 4-H youth have the opportunity to interact with the public and educate fairgoers through 4-H exhibits, demonstrations, performances, and 4-H promotion. More info.
Project leader resources
- Introduction to the NGSS science and engineering practices framework (PDF)
- 4-H clubs and programs can complete the ink chromatography experiment seen in Who took my book? by using the following resources:
- These short videos illustrate several of the lessons in the Design It! curriculum, a series of projects with multiple activities that build on each other.
Record keeping & evaluation
To get involved with the 4-H Engineering Design project, contact your county 4-H office.
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