• The 2020 K'Nex Challenge has been cancelled.

    The 2020 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!

    The “Go To” Details

    April 16 at Lock Haven University, Clearfield Campus

    Registration begins at 8:30 AM. Judging will begin at 9:00 AM

    Register here

    K’Nex Kits

    More information coming soon.

    Additional Middle School Challenge

    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.

    Parts cost list

    Judging Criteria

    • Creativity
    • Teamwork
    • Challenge Success
    • Design
    • Presentation


    • Awards will be given to top three teams in grades 4-5 and grades 6-8
    • Additional prizes may be awarded (best blueprint, most creative, etc.)
    • First place winners in each division will advance to the state competition.


    STEM Design Challenge 2020

    4 – 5 level Scoring Rubric

    6 – 8 level Scoring Rubric

    Note: The 6 – 8 level scoring rubric now includes an Inventory /Budget category.

    History of Challenge

    “The idea began with a conversation over coffee between a pair of friends and former colleagues, and in less than five years, it turned into a statewide phenomenon. “What if we could design a program that provides materials and training for educators and helps generate student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)?” they asked. That was at the heart of the conversation early in 2010 between Amy Cribbs and Jill Jones, who share a passion for science education dating back to their tenures working at Carnegie Science Center.”

    Read more from the article “A Homegrown STEM Challenge Goes Statewide in Pennsylvania,” ThermoFisher Scientific, Thermofisher.com, which describes the origins of this fantastic student event.

  • For more information regarding this event, contact:

  • Renee McQuown
    Curriculum Consultant