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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

Join the challenge today!

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Help us drive change by participating in this year's challenge. Whether it’s getting food to people in need or finding a better way for people to get from one place to another, we want to hear about your ideas. Join the challenge and make a difference today!

There are three parts to getting involved:

  1. Sign-up and start or join a team.
  2. Choose an issue connected to transportation you want to solve. 
  3. Create an EDC machine and share your story. 

New for 2021 - Teams can get together in-person by following the in-person activities during COVID-19 guidelines. Teams can also meet virtually using the keeping young people safe online checklist.

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

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

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