Maryland Engineering Challenges

The mission of the Maryland Engineering Challenges is to introduce students in grades 1 to 12 to the role of engineers in today’s society and connect what students learn in school with real-world engineering concepts.

Participating in the Challenges helps students develop comprehension, problem-solving, and comprehension skills; encourages teamwork and self-confidence; and can promote meaningful mentor relationships with engineering professionals.

In addition to developing students’ STEM skills (science, technology, engineering, and math), each Challenge also integrates reading, writing, and public speaking with hands-on, project-based learning.

Click here for a brochure about the 2017 Challenges.

Still have questions? Contact James and sign up for our emails.

Interested in the Challenges but not sure how to start?

Coaches’ Hands-On Workshop
Saturday, January 28, 2017

Learn the practical aspects of select Challenges! Work with engineers to explore the design and construction aspects of a project. Especially helpful for first-time Coaches and/or those with little previous engineering knowledge. This Workshop is not required and there is no cost to participate.

Registration is required prior to 1/25/17. Contact James at

Important Information

Each teams must have an adult Coach register them online before written reports are handed in. Click here to register a team.

Each Coach must pay a $5 fee. One fee covers all teams with that Coach. Click here to pay your Coach’s Fee online.

Please read Challenge Guides carefully, as rules or specs may change from year to year. Additional information may be found in the appropriate Information Sheet.

Elementary School Level

2017 Elementary School Information Sheet

Paper Airplane — Grades 1 to 5
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Design a paper airplane to safely fly a paperclip “passenger” as far and accurately
as possible.
2017 Paper Airplane Guide

Theme Park — Grades 4 and 5
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Construct a moving theme park ride, based on a literature curriculum reading.
2017 Theme Park Guide

Safe Racer — Grades 2 and 3
Saturday, March 11, 2017
Build a safe and speedy car to allow the “driver,” Eggbert[a], to survive a
crash test and distance trial.
2017 Safe Racer Guide

Middle School Level

2017 Middle School Information Sheet

Future City — Grades 7 and 8
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Design a city of the future using SimCity software and create a model of one
Contact Kim Adams at for details.

Cargo Airplane — Grades 6 to 8
Sunday, February 5, 2017
Construct an electric airplane to fly tethered flights with and without cargo.
2017 Cargo Airplane Guide

Hovercraft — Grades 6 to 8
Saturday, April 22, 2017 at MSU
Build the fastest hovercraft to travel across the “Chesapeake Bay.” Challenge takes place at Morgan State University
2017 Hovercraft Guide

Straw Bridge — Grades 6 to 8
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Construct a plastic straw bridge to support a scale model truck for one minute.
2017 Straw Bridge Guide
SB Design Guide
SB Report Guide

High School Level

High School Information Sheet

Wood Bridge — Grades 9 to 12
Saturday, February 4, 2017
Design a structurally efficient bridge to hold the maximum load before breaking.
Contact Jeff Krummel at for details.

Cargo Airplane — Grades 9 to 12
Sunday, February 5, 2017
Construct an electric airplane to fly tethered flights with and without cargo.
2017 Cargo Airplane Guide

Robot — Grades 9 to 12
Sat & Sun, April 22 & 23, 2017
Construct a two or four leg robot to walk under direction over uneven terrain.
2017 Robot Guide

Cargo Ship — Grades 9 to 12
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Design and demonstrate a ship to carry containerized cargo over a water course.
2017 Cargo Ship Guide

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