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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.

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."

2022 State Showcase: Shine Your Light! Saving energy through engineering 

The Minnesota 4-H Engineering Design Challenge Showcase was held on Aug. 8 and Aug. 15. Youth from across the state showcased machines they created with their team that engaged them in thinking about energy conservation while exercising skills in engineering design, teamwork and creativity. 

2022 State Showcase results

2022 State Showcase images and videos

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.


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

      All other questions

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

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