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4-H clover 4-H Engineering Design Challenge

In the 4-H Engineering Design Challenge, youth develop critical thinking, creativity, innovation and problem-solving skills, and have fun at the same time! Each year, teams of youth in grades 3 and up and family teams solve a theme-based engineering challenge.

While working with caring adults, teams apply engineering principles to plan and build a machine that completes a task. Minnesota 4-H supports volunteer coaches every step of the way with curriculum, project ideas and learning activities. No expertise is required.

2023 state showcase: Take your best shot and celebrate!

The Minnesota 4-H Engineering Design Challenge Showcase was held in person on Monday, Aug. 7, at St. Cloud State University. A virtual state showcase was held on Monday, Aug. 14. 

Youth in teams from across the state showcased the machines they created that achieve the goal of "taking your best shot" and "celebrating."  

Engineering was used to achieve this goal while celebrating 10 years of Engineering Design Challenges!

2023 state showcase results.

Learn more!



Looking for a team to join?

Reach out to the 4-H local educator where you live to find out if there is a team in your area.

Registration questions

Maureen Croatt, principal office and administrative specialist, 320-598-3325, croat042@umn.edu
Kaitlin Barbosa, executive office and administrative specialist, 218-281-8027, torg0096@umn.edu

All other questions

Margo Bowerman, Extension educator, 218-281-8695, mbowerma@umn.edu

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