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4-H clover 4-H Engineering Design Challenge

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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 and family teams solve a different engineering themed challenge.

Working with caring adults, teams apply engineering principles to plan and build a machine that completes a task. As they do, they develop communication, problem solving and teamwork skills. In the summer of 2020, teams participate in a state online showcase and judging event where they share their machines 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! 

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Level 1 teams are for participants in grades 3-8. Level 2 teams are for participants in grades 7-12. Family teams are for any 4-H'er and a parent/guardian/related adult. Family teams are able to compete in Level 1 or 2.

How to register a team

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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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