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Nov 01, 2019 2019-11-01

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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.

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