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Reverse Engineering Challenge | St. Cloud State University

Reverse Engineering Challenge | St. Cloud State University

  • May 31, 2022
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Type : Challenge / Competition
Number of Students : 2-5
Due Date : July 18, 2022
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Location : St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minnesota 

The Reverse Engineering Challenge is a same-day opportunity for teams of 2-5 students to explore engineering and 21st Century Skills while identifying a solution to a proposed challenge.

Teams participating in the Reverse Engineering Challenge will:

  1. Be given a challenge scenario and a product or device.
  2. Disassemble and examine in detail the product or device.
  3. Identify technology from the product/device that can be used to solve the given challenge.
  4. Create a proposed solution using that technology.
  5. Present their solution to others.

An overview of the challenge scenario will be provided to registered teams in advance of the event. Teams are scored on Teamwork, Team Presentation, and Proposed Solution. Through this challenge, students are able to explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) principles while having fun in a collaborative environment. 

St. Cloud, Minnesota | August 8, 2022

  • CHALLENGE SCENARIOChallenge Scenario and Overview
  • WHEN: August 8, 2022 (Organized in conjunction with the 2022 Minnesota 4-H Engineering Design Challenge)
  • TIME: Teams will be assigned a scheduled 1.5-hour challenge session time between 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. (Youth will be able to participate in both the Reverse Engineering Challenge and the 4-H Engineering Design Challenge).
  • WHERE: St. Cloud State University – Field House, St. Cloud, Minnesota
  • COST: $20/student before July 1, $25/student starting July 1
  • CONTACT: Melissa Huppert (
  • REGISTRATION DEADLINE: July 18, 2022, or until spaces are filled (whichever comes first)


  • Junior Division | 5th-8th Grade
  • Senior Division | 9th-12th Grade
  • Experiential (non-competitive, open to 5th-12th grade)


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

Example Challenge Scenarios

The following challenge scenarios can be used for practice and give teams an idea of the type of challenge they will encounter at the event!

Example #1

You are the lead team for an engineering firm. A potential client has approached your firm with a new project. The client wants you to propose a design for a personal heating device that they can sell at local ice fishing contests. The design needs to be safe and handheld. The client wants to focus on the efficiency of the device and is interested in renewable energy. Additionally, the client recently purchased a large number of hairdryers and wants to reuse at least one component of the hairdryer in the design.

Example #2

Your grandma needs an easier, safe way to feed her cat, Fluffy. Often Fluffy hides under the bed and will not come out for your grandma. Recently, it has become more challenging for your grandma to lift the cat food bag – she insists on buying the 50-pound bag of cat food. She knows that you are very innovative and has given you a box of random items she planned on donating. She wants you to use these items to build a device that will help her feed Fluffy. A small smoothie blender in the box catches your eye as something that might be most useful.

Reverse Engineering Challenge | St. Cloud State University

  • May 31, 2022
  • Post Category: Offer
  • Views: 1633