2020 Contest Theme:
Space Exploration!

The Engineering Machine Design Contest is an opportunity for teams of 3-10 students to design and build a complex machine using everyday objects with the guidance of a coach. The completed machine will use multiple steps to complete a simple task. Teams showcase and exhibit their machine at a regional contest with the opportunity to advance to the Midwest Engineering Machine Design Championship. Teams are scored on a Team Journal, Team Presentation, and Machine Design and Operation.

Each year a competition theme is chosen to guide the machine build and allow for whimsical creativity to flourish. Students are able to explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematic (STEM) principles while having fun in a collaborative environment. 

The program is currently being aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards and the 2019 Minnesota Science Standards. Once completed, the alignment will be posted.


1. Providing a low cost or affordable experience for students,
2. Inspiring an interest in engineering and related career pathways, and
3. Equipping students with skills that will help prepare them for future careers.


Junior Division | 5th-8th Grade
Senior Division | 9th-12th Grade

Contact: engineering@mnsu.edu | (507) 389-1201