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Engineering Challenge

Teams of students build Mars Rovers from Legos

Contest Support provided by Discovery Science Place and the School of Education & Psychology

The Engineering Challenge tests the engineering and problem solving skills of elementary and middle school students. Teams of 4 students build a Mars Rover from Legos. The Rover must have a scoop device for collecting rocks and must be taken through several challenges in the contest including a Blind Driving Challenge.
There are two Levels:
  • Elementary - students in grades 3 through 5
  • Middle School - students in grades 6 through 8
Each school is permitted one team per level. The team may have only 4 students.
An Engineering Challenge Manual outlines team-building activities and activities to develop skills for building and working the rover.
Lego kits are supplied by Academic Rodeo for the teams to use.
  • Students from teams which do not place receive a
    participation certificate.
  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places are awarded in each
    level and each team receives a trophy.
  • Members of placing teams receive a place ribbon. Each Elementary member of a placing team receives a cash award of $25.00, $15.00 or $10.00. Middle School and High School members of placing teams are eligible to apply for Academic Rodeo Scholarships.
  • Special Awards may be presented and may include any of the following: Fastest Rover, Most Rocks Collected, Best Climbing Rover, Best “Blind Driving” Teamwork, Lightest Rover, Most Creative Rover, Best Rover Display, Best Rover Presentation, Best Lab Notebook, Best Team Name, Best Team Spirit, and Best Understanding of the Design Process.
Weighing Rover
Incline Test
Blind Driving Challenge
Collecting Rocks
Poster Presentation
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