The Tech Museum of Innovation believes every young person should have the opportunity to explore hands-on design. Thanks to The Tech Challenge, such opportunities have been captivating and inspiring Silicon Valley youth for nearly three decades.
This annual team design challenge introduces and reinforces the engineering design process with a hands-on project aimed at solving a real-world problem. Previous events have inspired students to use wind to transport water, deliver geological instruments to the top of a volcano, and rid the Earth's orbit of “space junk.” Teams document each step of their process, including testing, brainstorming, and – most importantly – what they learn through experimentation and failure.
Open, accessible and affordable for all boys and girls in grades 4-12, The Tech Challenge reinforces 21st century skills, including creativity, problem-solving, design, risk-taking, learning from failure and perseverance.
Seismic Engineering in Action
In the past 40 years the population of California has almost doubled, and the U.S. Census Bureau estimates that by 2025 the state’s population will increase by another 6 million people. Like many places, the Bay Area presents a great challenge for urban planners who need to accommodate more people while making sure buildings can withstand large earthquakes. Where do we put all these people, and how do we keep them safe?