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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 required.

2021 Challenge Task: Driving Change Through Transportation

Coming soon!

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2020 Challenge Task: A Mission to Mars!

The 2020 4-H Engineering Design Challenge was to design and build a Rube Goldberg-type of machine that landed a spaceship on Mars and collected a sample from the surface. It was an out of this world experience for all who participated!

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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