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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Biomechanics Design Challenges

Build a Robotic Face

Build a Robotic Face

Build a robotic face that can make facial expressions using simple machines.

Design a Set of Mechanical Genes

Design a Set of Mechanical Genes

Design a set of mechanical genes that control the way something grows.

Balance a Dinosaur

Balance a Dinosaur

Build a dinosaur at least 6" tall that can balance on two legs using counterbalances.

Engineer an Exoskeleton

Engineer an Exoskeleton

Build a wearable device that will detect when your body moves.

Build a Vertical Jumping Machine

Build a Vertical Jumping Machine

Make a machine that can jump up more than 3 feet.

Build a Water Pump

Build a Water Pump

Build a water pump that can push water at least 1 foot in two directions.

Make a Mechanical Stegosaurus Tail

Make a Mechanical Stegosaurus Tail

Make a mechanical tail that is strong enough to break through a piece of paper.

Build a Blooming Flower

Build a Blooming Flower

Build a flower that can open to communicate with pollinating insects and birds.

Control a Microraptor's Flight

Control a Microraptor's Flight

Make a flying raptor and control its flight with attached strings.

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