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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.

2023 State Showcase: Take your best shot and celebrate!

Graphic: A basketball, soccer ball, and arrow and target with 4-H clover and words, "Take your best shot. 4-H Engineering Design Challenge 2023 - Celebrating 10 years."

The Minnesota 4-H Engineering Design Challenge Showcase will be held in person on Monday, Aug. 7, at St. Cloud State University. A virtual state showcase will be offered on Monday, Aug. 14. 

Youth in teams from across the state will showcase the machines they created that achieve the goal of "taking your best shot" and "celebrating."  

Use engineering to achieve your goal while celebrating 10 years of Engineering Design Challenges!

Take a look at the results and machines from the 2022 State Showcase: 

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.

      Registration questions

      Maureen Croatt, principal office and administrative specialist, 320-598-3325, croat042@umn.edu
      Kaitlin Barbosa, executive office and administrative specialist, 218-281-8027, torg0096@umn.edu

      All other questions

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

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