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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Ocean Engineering Design Challenges

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.

Build a Buoyant Catamaran

Build a Buoyant Catamaran

Engineer a catamaran that can carry 15 ounces of cargo without sinking.

Engineer a Speedboat

Engineer a Speedboat

Build a fast, stable boat that can move through the water for long distances on a zip line.

Engineer an Ocean Bottom Sampler

Engineer an Ocean Bottom Sampler

Design a tool that can lift objects from a water depth of at least 1 foot.

Map the Ocean Floor

Map the Ocean Floor

Build a device that can map out the shape of the ocean floor.

Build a Wind Powered Sailboat

Build a Wind Powered Sailboat

Build a sailboat that is powered by the wind.

Build a Submarine

Build a Submarine

Build a submarine that will dive down through the water and come back to the surface.

Make a Stable Boat

Make a Stable Boat

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

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