A signature program of The Tech Museum of Innovation, The Tech Challenge is an annual team design challenge for students in grades 4-12 that introduces and reinforces the science and engineering design process with a hands-on project geared to solving a real-world problem.
Designed to inspire the next generation of Silicon Valley innovators, The Tech Challenge provides months of team learning in science, engineering, and math, culminating in the Event Days on Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26, 2015. Team efforts are celebrated in an awards ceremony, recognizing everything from Best Overall Solution to Sportsmanship.
The Tech Challenge aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core. It reinforces 21st century skills of creativity, problem solving, design, teamwork, leadership, presentation, risk-taking, perseverance, and learning from failure. This program makes a great experience for classrooms, home schools, after-school programs, extra-credit projects, clubs, or friends!
The Tech Challenge judges evaluate your team's project as a whole, including your device's performance, your engineering process and journal, and your style and presentation. They also award points for teamwork, perseverance, and other categories.
Learn more about the judging process
Teams compete for awards in 3 grade divisions: Elementary: grades 4-6; Middle School: grades 7-8; and High School: grades 9-12. Judges award prizes recognizing everything from Most Innovative Design to Sportsmanship.
Learn more about past award winners