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4-H clover 4-H Engineering Design Challenge

4-H youth 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 to plan and build their machines. As they do, they learn about trial and error, design, data analysis and teamwork. In the summer, teams meet in a statewide showcase and judging event where 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. 

2020 Challenge Task coming in October 2019!


2019 Challenge Task

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Help a superhero save the planet!

The 4-H Engineering Design Challenge for 2019 is to design and build a Rube Goldberg-type machine that helps a superhero save the planet. The superhero must be a part of at least one step in the machine. Get some ideas!

Two ways to tackle the challenge

NEW in 2019, teams have two options:

  1. Remove pollution from water and place that pollution in an appropriate container, OR

  2. Identify an environmental issue or challenge that currently threatens life on the planet Earth and create a 2-step task for your machine that works to solve the issue or challenge.

Two age groups

Level 1 (Grades 3-8)

Level 2 (Grades 7-12)

See the level 1 and level 2 handbooks for full details.

How to register for an EDC Team


Registration questions? Contact Amber Greeley, state 4-H programs manager, 612-624-8198, runk0014@umn.edu

All other questions: Michael Compton, STEM director, 712-330-2431, mcompton@umn.edu

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