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4-H clover 4-H Engineering Design Project

drawing of connected gears

What you'll do

What problem do you want to solve -- Cook a hot dog with the sun? Make a car run on wind power? Communicate with birds? Design a solution and build it. Learn engineering design skills and you'll know how.


Upcoming events

Levels of learning


Fairs and exhibits


Cool videos

Paper bridges, gliders and more

Build your engineering design skills with these at-home activities.  

Future study and careers

You could study engineering. There are different kinds of engineers -- electrical, civil, mechanical and biosystems engineering, to name a few.

You could study design products, clothing, landscapes, building interiors and more.

If it wasn't designed by mother nature, it was probably designed by a designer or an engineer. They dream up and make possible most objects we use in modern life. 

Reviewed in 2018

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