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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Biomimicry Design Challenges

Design a Set of Mechanical Genes

Design a Set of Mechanical Genes

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

Make a Signal Horn

Make a Signal Horn

Build a signal horn to make low frequency sounds that can be heard from far away.

Make a Pine Cone

Make a Pine Cone

Make a pinecone that can open and close.

Build a Strong Honeycomb Structure

Build a Strong Honeycomb Structure

Build a honeycomb structure that is able to support a heavy textbook or more.

Camouflage an Animal

Camouflage an Animal

Camouflage an animal in any environment so that you can’t see it – even in plain sight.

Engineer a Redwood Tree

Engineer a Redwood Tree

Build a redwood tree that is taller than you and that can stand on its own.

Build an Edible Skyscraper

Build an Edible Skyscraper

Create a bio-glue that holds together a graham cracker skyscraper.

Build a Glider

Build a Glider

Design and build a paper bird that can glide at least 6 feet.

Disperse Seeds Far and Wide

Disperse Seeds Far and Wide

Build a device that will carry a seed at least 3 feet from where it is launched.

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