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4-H clover 4-H Engineering Design Challenge

4-H'ers learn critical thinking, creativity, innovation and problem solving, and have fun at the same time! Each year, teams of youth in grades 3 and up solve a different challenge.

Working with volunteer coaches, teams meet weekly or monthly during the school year to plan and build their machines. As they do, they learn about trial and error, design, data analysis and teamwork. In the spring, teams meet in a statewide competition. At this competition, they must successfully run their machines several times and answer judges' questions about how it works. 

Minnesota 4-H supports volunteer coaches every step of the way with curriculum, project ideas and learning activities. No expertise required. 

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This year's challenge details will be posted soon. For deeper information and rules, see last year's handbooks. 


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Engineering Design Challenge events

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