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A signature program of The Tech Museum of Innovation, The Tech Challenge is an annual team design challenge for students that introduces and reinforces the science and engineering design process with a hands-on project geared to solving a real-world problem.
The 2016 challenge: Build a glider to deliver supplies to a remote location!
This year, you tell the story! What is your glider carrying? Where are you going? Why?
New award for 2016: Top Tech Challenge story!
Who: Students in Grades 4-12
What: A team engineering design challenge
Why: To develop creative solutions to a real-world problem
When: Event Days are Saturday, April 23 (Grades 4-6) and Sunday, April 24 (Grades 9-12, Grades 7-8)
Designed to inspire the next generation of Silicon Valley innovators, The Tech Challenge provides months of team learning in science, engineering and math.
The Tech Challenge aligns with Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards, while reinforcing 21st-century skills including creativity, problem solving, design, teamwork, leadership, presentation, risk-taking, perseverance and learning from failure. This program makes a great experience for classrooms, home schools, after-school programs, extra-credit projects, clubs or friends!
- Three grade levels: elementary, 4-6; middle school, 7-8; high school, 9-12.
- Participants collaborate in teams of two to six people.
- Registration fees are $50 for the entire team.
- Fees waived for Title I schools and after-school programs.
- Solutions can be created with common, low-cost materials.
- There are no prequalifying conditions to enter.
- Special-needs students are encouraged to enter.
Thank you to our sponsors
Innovator: Cisco Systems, Inc., SAP
Principal: Adobe, ARM, (Video Contest Sponsor) Bank of America, eBay, Genentech, Motorola Solutions Foundation, TE Connectivity Foundation, Thermo Fisher Scientific
Underwriting: Brocade, Cavium, Ernst & Young, First Tech Federal Credit Union, Barbara & William Heil, Junior League of Palo Alto-Mid Peninsula, Lockheed Martin, SanDisk, Seagate Technology, Steinberg, Symantec, Technology Credit Union, Wells Fargo Bank
Investing: Aruba Networks, Atmel, Best Buy, David H. Liu Foundation, Hitachi Data Systems, Hon Hai - Foxconn, Markkula Foundation, Northrop Grumman, Drew and Ellen Perkins, Raytheon Applied Signal Technology, Sathaye Family Foundation, STMicroelectronics, Synaptics, Tivo, Wave2Wave
Foundation Team: BAE Systems, Meriwest Credit Union
Media: NBC Bay Area, Telemundo
Sponsors as of Jan. 22, 2016