Challenge to Design a Solution to a Complex Problem
Students who enter the Fluor Engineering Challenge have the chance to explore firsthand what it means to be an engineer and to collaborate with others to solve a problem and improve a solution. The Fluor Challenge is open to students in kindergarten through grade 12. More than 4,300 students from 10 countries participated in the 2019 competition hosted by the nonprofit Science Buddies. Students were challenged to create a volleyball machine consisting of two devices, separated by a paper net, which could launch and return a ping-pong ball. They brainstormed and built innovative solutions out of simple materials, such as cups, rubber bands, paper, tape, and craft sticks. Striving to minimize the materials used and maximize the number of successful back-and-forth volleys required iterative problem solving and persistence. All eligible team entries were placed into random prize drawings based on geographic location. The names of 20 winning teams were drawn from the eligible pools. Each of these teams earned $1,000 USD from Fluor for their school, organization, or afterschool program.
Deadline: The 2020 challenge will be announced in January; visit the website for details.
TheJames Dyson Foundation has created 44 freeengineering and science activities for children to try out while at home during the coronavirus pandemic The activities range from making a balloon-powered car to building a bridge from spaghetti.
On February 20, 2020, DiscoverE’sGirl Day, thousands of people—engineers, educators, and others—will act as role models, facilitate engineering activities, and educate girls about how engineers change the world. Key findings from DiscoverE’s reportDespite the Odds found that this simple formula helps girls develop an interest in engineering, builds confidence in their problem-solving skills, and creates a STEM identity.