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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Mechanical Engineering Design Challenges

Make a Hydraulic Machine

Make a Hydraulic Machine

Make a machine that uses a fluid to move and can lift at least 10 pennies.

Make a Water Transport Satellite

Make a Water Transport Satellite

Make a satellite that can hold a cup of water and does not leak during a bumpy rocket launch.

Engineer a Flow Control System

Engineer a Flow Control System

Build a system that controls the movement of material and shuts off automatically.

Build a Joystick

Build a Joystick

Build a joystick that can turn on and turn off multiple things

Deploy a Satellite

Deploy a Satellite

Build a satellite with a 6-inch square body that can deploy its own solar wings and antennae, and can fit inside a 9-inch diameter tube.

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 Self-Propelling Boat

Build a Self-Propelling Boat

Build a fast, stable boat that can move through the water for at least 1 foot using a hand-powered propeller.

Design a Mechanical Pegboard

Design a Mechanical Pegboard

Build a peg board that lets you test multiple linkage systems and the types of movements.

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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