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STEM Design Challenge

  • The STEM Design Challenge is for teams of 4th-8th grade students. It challenges students to brainstorm, develop, and implement a solution to an engineering problem using K'NEX building materials.

    2024 Competition

    Pennsylvania agriculture contributes $132.5 billion to our state economy annually and supports more than 593,600 jobs, paying wages of $32.8 billion.  Did you know that farmers use robots to help them? “High-tech Farming” is important especially as our population grows and food demand increases.   Your team is being challenged to help our Pennsylvania farmers by creating an agricultural robot or other type of “high-tech farming” equipment that they could use.

    • Registration is closed for the 2024 competition
    • Regional Competition: March 4-5, 2024
    • State Competition: TBA May 2024


    Judging Criteria

    • Creativity
    • Teamwork
    • Challenge success
    • Design
    • Presentation


    • Awards will be given to the top three teams in grades 4-5 and grades 6-8
    • Additional prizes may be awarded (best blueprint, most creative, etc.)
    • The top team in each division at each regional competition will advance to the state competition