STEM Design Challenge

  • Each year, teams are given the “STEM Design Challenge” to find a solution to an engineering problem. Students work in small teams to design and build their project out of a K’Nex Challenge set. Students are then judged on the following criteria: Creativity,  Teamwork, Challenge Success, Design, Presentation, Budget.

  • 2023/2024 STEM Design Challenge

    Pennsylvania agriculture contributes $132.5 billion to our state economy annually and supports more than 593,600 jobs, paying wages of $32.8 billion.  Did you know that farmers use robots to help them? “High-tech Farming” is important especially as our population grows and food demand increases. Your team is being challenged to help our Pennsylvania farmers by creating an agricultural robot or other type of “high-tech farming” equipment that they could use.


    Competition Date: April 12, 2024
    Location: Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 867 Grays Woods Blvd. Port Matilda, PA 16870 
    Fee: $100 per team
    Registration Deadline: Friday, April 5, 2024
    Note: Registrations cannot be accepted after the deadline has passed.

    Competition Agenda


    Please let us know who will be competing from your district by filling out this form. 


    STEM Design Challenge 2024 Information

    STEM Design Challenge Resources

    STEM Design Challenge Sample Prices (Middle School)



    Checks should be made out to Central Intermediate Unit 10 or CIU10
    Payment should be mailed to:

    Central Intermediate Unit 10
    200 Shadylane Dr
    Suite 100
    Philipsburg, PA 16866
    ATTN: STEM Design Competition

Melissa Duckworth, Consultant

  • Ms. Melissa Duckworth

    Educational Consultant

    Email: [email protected] 

    Phone: 814-342-0884, ext. 3054

    Direct: 814-422-4154