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4-H clover 4-H Engineering Design Challenge

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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.

2022 Challenge: Shine Your Light! Saving energy through engineering

Drawing of a lightbulb with a 4-H clover logo and the words "4-H Engineering Design Challenge: Shine your light, saving energy with engineering. 2022."

Join the challenge today

Help us drive change by participating in this year's challenge. Whether it’s finding a unique way to turn a light on and off or finding a new way to save energy by conserving light, we want to hear about your ideas.

There are three parts to getting involved:

  1. Sign-up and start or join a team.
  2. Design and build a machine to save energy by turning a light on and off.
  3. Record and share your story.

Learn more!

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Get involved

  1. Sign-up and start or join a team.
  2. Design and build a machine to save energy by turning a light on and off.
  3. Record and share your story.

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

    Kim Thompson, executive administrative specialist, 612-624-7774, thomp037@umn.edu

    All other questions

    Michael Compton, STEM director, 712-330-2431, mcompton@umn.edu

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