Design Challenges

STEM activities for curious families and classrooms

Technovation Families' free design challenges explore a range of science, technology, and engineering topics through fun, hands-on activities that promote creativity and problem-solving to find unique solutions.

Learn from the scientists and engineers who are creating the technologies of tomorrow, and use what you learn to build your own invention!

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All Design Challenges

Make a Stable Boat

Make a Stable Boat

Build a boat that can hold as many pennies as possible.

Learn to Draw Proportions

Learn to Draw Proportions

Draw an animal with accurate proportions.

Engineer an Electric Switch

Engineer an Electric Switch

Build a switch that can complete a circuit to turn on an LED.

Engineer a Landing Device

Engineer a Landing Device

Build a device that will slow down your payload as it falls so it lands gently when dropped from 8 feet high.

Build a Mighty Machine

Build a Mighty Machine

Build a mighty machine that jumps up, sideways, or flips over. The whole structure should jump into the air.

Make a Flat Ball

Make a Flat Ball

Create a ball that is as round as possible using simple geometric shapes cut out of paper and taped together.

Make Drawings of Three-Dimensional Objects

Make Drawings of Three-Dimensional Objects

Make scaled technical drawings of 3D objects using the Glass Box Theory.

Build a Suspension Bridge

Build a Suspension Bridge

Build a suspension bridge that spans 10 inches and can hold at least 15 pennies!

Build a Stomp Rocket

Build a Stomp Rocket

Design a stomp rocket propelled by air pressure that can fly at least 10 ft in the air.

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