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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Civil Engineering Design Challenges

Build a Planting Machine

Build a Planting Machine

Build a machine that distributes seeds precisely.

Build a Water Collection System

Build a Water Collection System

Engineer a structure that collects the most amount of rain water

Build a Long Spanning Wing

Build a Long Spanning Wing

Build a wing that can support its own weight over a span of at least two feet. Inspired by Boeing’s Phantom Eye

Engineer an Electronic Water Level Detector

Engineer an Electronic Water Level Detector

Build an open circuit that completes when the water level drops below a certain level and/or goes above a certain level.

Construct a Crane

Construct a Crane

Build a crane that uses simple machines and mechanical advantage to move heavy objects.

Build a Water Filter

Build a Water Filter

Build a water filter that can clean dirty water.

Build a Cantilever

Build a Cantilever

Make a cantilever that can hold 5 marbles at least 12 inches away from its base structure.

Build a 3-D Object out of Tetrahedra

Build a 3-D Object out of Tetrahedra

Build a 3-D object out of tetrahedra that is as big as you are.

Engineer a Wind Powered Water Pump

Engineer a Wind Powered Water Pump

Build a wind powered turbine that can pump water up from the ground.

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