A team of 4th and 5th graders celebrating their performance at The Tech Challenge.

Getting Started

Welcome to The Tech Challenge! It’s easy to get your team started. Just follow the steps below.

A team of 4th and 5th graders celebrating their performance at The Tech Challenge.

1. Check out The Tech Challenge event schedule.

Two very important dates are:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 5 when registration opens

  • Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30, the showcase 

Be sure to register for our free participant events. These events will help your team to succeed!

Tech Challenge Event Schedule

2. Form a team.

A team is two to six students (including you!) plus one adult adviser. Your adviser doesn’t need to be an engineer. After all, this is your team’s project and you’re in charge.

Team Guide

3. Register and meet.

Don’t forget, your adviser needs to register your team! Registration opens Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022. Teams can register up until Friday, March 31, 2023.

4. Read the Rules and start your engineering journal.

Make sure you read and understand the rules before you get started. You can send any questions to challenge@thetech.org.

Your journal is one of three areas on which your team will be judged at the showcase. It’s important to show how your team made its device and why you made the choices you did. A good way to start is by writing down what your team talks about during meetings.


5. Talk to your adviser and team about safety.

Safety is always The Tech Challenge’s number one priority. In fact, judges keep track of each team’s overall safety and score it accordingly.

Adviser Guide

Still have questions?

Check out the FAQ page or email us at challenge@thetech.org

Not sure you’re up for the full challenge? Try some of our mini activities!