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 2019 Challenges.

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Interested in the Challenges but not sure how to start?

Coaches’ Information Session
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Drop in throughout the evening to meet the engineers who judge each Challenge. They will answer questions, demonstrate past projects, and explain requirements. This Session is not required and there is no cost to participate.

Registration encouraged. Email

Coaches’ Hands-On Workshop
Saturday, January 26, 2019

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 1/18/19. Contact James at

Important Information

Each team 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

Elementary School Information Sheet

Paper Airplane — Grades 1 to 5
Date: TBD
Design a paper airplane to safely fly a paperclip “passenger” as far and accurately
as possible.
2018 Paper Airplane Guide

Safe Racer — Grades 2 and 3
Saturday, March 9, 2019
Build a safe and speedy car to allow the “driver,” Eggbert[a], to survive a
crash test and distance trial.
2019 Safe Racer Guide

Theme Park — Grades 4 and 5
Date: TBD
Construct a moving theme park ride, based on a literature curriculum reading.
2018 Theme Park Guide

Middle School Level

Middle School Information Sheet

Future City — Grades 7 and 8
Saturday, January 19, 2019 [Snow Date: January 27, 2019]
Design a city of the future using SimCity software and create a model of one
Contact James Brown at for details.
For more information go to:

Robot — Grades 6 to 8
Sunday, April 14, 2019
Construct a two or four leg robot to walk under direction over uneven terrain.
2019 Robot Guide

Hovercraft — Grades 6 to 8
Date: TBD
Build the fastest hovercraft to travel across the “Chesapeake Bay.” Challenge takes place at Morgan State University
2018 Hovercraft Guide 

Straw Bridge — Grades 6 to 8
Date: TBD
Construct a plastic straw bridge to support a scale model truck for one minute.
2018 Straw Bridge Guide
SB Design Guide
SB Report Guide

High School Level

High School Information Sheet

Wood Bridge — Grades 9 to 12
Saturday, February 2, 2019
Design a structurally efficient bridge to hold the maximum load before breaking.
Contact Michael Newman at for details.
2018 International Bridge Rules

Robot — Grades 9 to 12
Sunday, April 14, 2019
Construct a two or four leg robot to walk under direction over uneven terrain.
2019 Robot Guide

Cargo Ship — Grades 9 to 12
Sunday, April 14, 2019
Design and demonstrate a ship to carry containerized cargo over a water course.
2018 Cargo Ship Guide

Sponsored by:
BGE | Northrop Grumman | KELVIN | Engineering Society of Baltimore

Supported by:
Technology & Engineering Educators Association of Maryland

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