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Engineering Machine Design Contest

Engineering Machine Design Contest

  • November 8, 2021
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Type : Challenge / Competition
Number of Students : 3-12 per Team
Due Date : Starting January 1, 2022
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Location : 131 Trafton Science Center N, Mankato, MN

STEM Educators, are you ready to engage your students’ curiosity?!

We are excited to announce the 2022 Engineering Machine Design Contest theme, several new program initiatives, and new Regional Contest locations! Learn more below and contact us with any questions.


The Engineering Machine Design Contest is an opportunity for teams of 3-12 students to design and build a complex machine using everyday objects with the guidance of a coach. The completed machine will use multiple steps to complete a simple task. Teams showcase and exhibit their machine at a regional contest with the opportunity to advance to the Engineering Machine Design Championship. Teams are scored on a Team Journal, Team Presentation, and Machine Design and Operation.

Each year a competition theme is chosen to guide the machine build and allow for whimsical creativity to flourish. Students are able to explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematic (STEM) principles while having fun in a collaborative environment. 


Junior Division | 5th-8th Grade
Senior Division | 9th-12th Grade


1. Providing a low cost or affordable experience for students,
2. Inspiring an interest in engineering and related career pathways, and
3. Equipping students with skills that will help prepare them for future careers.



Creating awareness and connection to real-world challenges is an important aspect of the Engineering Machine Design Contest. Each year’s theme is chosen in consideration with current topics and aligned to the National Academy of Engineering Grand Engineering Challenges.

Although teams are not required to design a machine directly related to the grand challenges, they are encouraged to use the Engineering Grand Challenges as an inspiration point and connection to real-world problems.


The Engineering Machine Design Contest can be used by educators to address the Next Generation Science Standards for Middle School and High School Engineering Design (MS-ETS1 and HS-ETS1).

Engineering Machine Design Contest

  • November 8, 2021
  • Post Category: Offer
  • Views: 1518