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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

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A Mission to Mars!

The 2020 4-H Engineering Design Challenge 2-step task is to design and build a Rube Goldberg-type of machine that lands a spaceship on Mars and collects a sample from the surface. It will be an out of this world experience for all who participate! 

Get some ideas!

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 a team

Upcoming events

Learn more!




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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