4-H Engineering Design Project
What you'll do
What problem do you want to solve -- Cook a hot dog with the sun? Make a car run on wind power? Communicate with birds? Design a solution and build it. Learn engineering design skills and you'll know how.
Levels of learning
Iowa 4-H Science, Engineering & Technology Hot Sheet (free download)
3-D modeling derby, Engineering an Empire and other activity books from Utah 4-H (free download)
Try Engineering (free online games)
Fairs & exhibits
Engineering Design can cover a broad range of topics and objects. Judges will look at how well you have applied the engineering design process.
You could design, build and test a
- hand that can grab items
- water filtration device
- musical instrument
- model of a roller coaster
- model of a bridge
- bottle rocket launcher
- goat milking stand
- model of a wind turbine
- rubber band car
- solar oven
- Rube Goldberg-type Machine
- wave-powered device to recharge boat batteries
Future study and careers
You could study engineering. There are different kinds of engineers -- electrical, civil, mechanical and biosystems engineering, to name a few.
You could study design products, clothing, landscapes, building interiors and more.
If it wasn't designed by mother nature, it was probably designed by a designer or an engineer. They dream up and make possible most objects we use in modern life.
Reviewed in 2018