• STEM Design Challenge  
     Students competing in STEM design challenge

    The STEM Design Challenge is a competition for students in grades 4-8 where they build a project out of K’Nex pieces.  This year’s challenge is attached.  Students work in teams of 4 to design and build their project. The top team in each division (grades 4-5 and 6-8) will be eligible to compete at the state competition.

    THE 2019/20 CHALLENGE:

    By conserving energy, we can reduce air and water pollution, lower our electric bill and create a healthier planet. Your team’s challenge is to create a way of conserving energy in the future. For example, transforming energy from one object to power another or creating a new type of energy to power a city. Create a model of your energy conservation idea out of K’Nex pieces. Be creative!


    Middle School Rubric
    Elementary School Rubric

    Additional Middle School Challenge: Parts cost list

    Teams competing in the grades 6-8 division will also be asked to present a budget of their project. They will need to inventory each K’Nex piece they use and list a price for each piece. They will need to present their inventory and an overall cost of their project.

     ***K’nex kits will be limited this year so if you received a kit from the IU in the past you may not receive a new one.***

    Judging Criteria:

    • Creativity
    • Teamwork
    • Challenge Success
    • Design
    • Presentation


    • Awards will be given to top three teams in grades 4-5 and grades 6-8
    • First place winners in each division will advance to the state competition



    • The competition will be held at Lehigh Carbon Community College.
    • BOTH the 4-5 grade competition AND the 6-8 grade competition will be held together on May 6, 2020.
    • NOTE:  Bring your own bag lunch. Morning snacks will be provided



    CLIU Regional Competition:

    Grades 4-5 and Grades 6-8 - May 6, 2020 

    The State Competition will be held in Harrisburg on May 19, 2020. 


    Team Registration:

    Please fill out a new form for each team you are registering.

    Click HERE to access the registration form or copy and paste the following URL into your browser:


    REGISTRATION LIMITED to 2 TEAMS per grade band per building (ie: two 4-5 grade teams, two 6-8 grade teams)

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