Maryland Engineering Challenges

Check out the 2022 Challenge workshop & competition dates and updated guides for this season below!

 Curious how to begin? Follow these steps! Check out our information sheet with suggestions on how to participate in a Challenge during a pandemic.

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 and problem-solving 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.

Still have questions? Contact Education Manager Jessica Celmer at challenges@thebmi.org and sign up for our emails.

If you are interested in learning more about the Maryland Engineering Challenges, click here to fill out the interest form.

Important Information

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 see the Challenge Guides on how to register for each challenge and read carefully, as rules or specs may change from year to year. Additional participation suggestions may be found in the Information Sheet at the top of the page.

Coaches’ Information Session

This “drop-in” virtual event hosted on Zoom is designed for adults interested in coaching a team to chat with engineers. Find out if a particular Challenge is a good fit for your student(s). The Coaches’ Information Session is not required and there is no cost. Attendance is strongly encouraged. Contact Jessica at challenges@thebmi.org with questions.

WHEN October 14, 2021, Two sessions– 3:30-4:30 & 6:30-7:30

WHERE Zoom

REGISTER  https://bit.ly/2022MECInformationSession


Robot Coaches’ Hands-on Workshop

Learn the practical aspects of the Robot Challenge in this in-person workshop at the museum. Work with engineers to explore design and construction aspects of this project. Especially helpful for first-time Coaches and/or those with little engineering experience. Robot kits can be picked up at both sessions.
Free; registration required. Questions? Reach out to challenges@thebmi.org. Depending on the state of the pandemic, could pivot to virtual workshop over Zoom. 

WHEN  November 11, 2021 (4:00-7:00PM) & January 22, 2022 (10:00AM to 2:00PM)

REGISTER HERE https://bit.ly/2022RobotWorkshopRegistration


Cargo Ship Student and Coaches’ Hands-on Workshop

Learn the practical aspects of the Cargo Ship Challenge in this in-person workshop hosted at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Work with engineers to explore design and construction aspects of this project. Especially helpful for first-time Coaches and students as well as those with little engineering experience. Check out the details of the workshop.

Free; registration required. Questions? Reach out to challenges@thebmi.org.

WHEN November 6, 2021, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

REGISTER HERE https://bit.ly/2022CargoShipWorkshopRegistration

Elementary School Level

Elementary School Information Sheet

Paper Airplane — Grades 1 to 5
Date: April 30, 2022
Design a paper airplane to safely fly a paperclip “passenger” as far and accurately as possible.
2022 Paper Airplane Guide

Safe Racer — Grades 2 and 3
Date: March 12, 2022
Build a safe and speedy car to allow the “driver,” Eggbert[a], to survive a crash test and distance trial.
2022 Safe Racer Guide
2022 Safe Racer FAQs

Hovercraft — Grades 5 to 8
Date: April 30, 2022
Build the fastest hovercraft to travel across the “Chesapeake Bay.”
2022 Hovercraft Guide

Straw Bridge — Grades 5 to 8
Date: February 5, 2022
Construct a paper straw bridge to support a specific weight for one minute.
2022 Straw Bridge Guide
2022 Straw Bridge Design Specification

Middle School Level

Middle School Information Sheet

Future City — Grades 6 to 8
Date: January 15, 2022
Design a city of the future using SimCity software and create a model of one area.
Contact James Brown at jmbrown0922@gmail.com for details.
For more information go to: https://futurecity.org/
2022 Future City Information Sheet

Robot — Grades 6 to 8
Virtual Date: April 23, 2022
In-Person Date: April 24, 2022
Construct a two or four leg robot to walk under direction over uneven terrain.
2022 Robot Guide Middle School

Hovercraft — Grades 5 to 8
Date: April 30, 2022
Build the fastest hovercraft to travel across the “Chesapeake Bay.”
2022 Hovercraft Guide

Straw Bridge — Grades 5 to 8
Date: February 5, 2022
Construct a paper straw bridge to support a specific weight for one minute.
2022 Straw Bridge Guide
2022 Straw Bridge Design Specification

High School Level

High School Information Sheet

Wood Bridge — Grades 9 to 12
Date: February 5, 2022
Design a structurally efficient bridge to hold the maximum load before breaking.
Contact Michael Newman at conradnewman13@gmail.com for details.
For more information visit: http://bridgecontest.phys.iit.edu/
2022 Wood Bridge Information Sheet
Sample Rules from 2021

Robot — Grades 9 to 12
Virtual Date: April 23, 2022
In-Person Date: April 24, 2022

Construct a two or four leg robot to walk under direction over uneven terrain.
2022 Robot Guide High School

Cargo Ship — Grades 9 to 12
Date: April 30, 2022
Design and demonstrate a ship to carry containerized cargo over a water course.
2022 Cargo Ship Guide

Sponsored by:
BD Diagnostics | BGE-an Exelon Company | The Engineering Society of Baltimore | KELVIN | Northrop Grumman | W.R. Grace 
Michael Hinkey and Kathryn Benson | The Propeller Club of Baltimore | NAVSEA at Carderock

Supported by:
Technology & Engineering Educators Association of Maryland

 

Additional STEM Opportunities & Resources:

Maryland Science Olympiad

Bmore STEM

Morgan State University Science-Mathematics-Engineering Fair

The Maryland Quality Initiative

National Academy of Engineering—EngineerGirl Program

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