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UW Youth & Teen Programs

Engineering Challenges for Kids

Dive deep into hands-on engineering design and problem-solving activities. In this course you’ll design all sorts of vehicles and gadgets using a variety of materials and tools. Some of the projects you’ll create include solar ovens, ping pong ball catapults, paper rockets, fan-powered boats and balloon-powered cars.  

Along the way we’ll discuss the forces and scientific principles behind these creations. We’ll also meet with scientists, engineers and designers on campus who will show you the career connections to their projects. Come join us for this fun and engaging course!

What You'll Learn

  • How to apply engineering design process principles
  • Industry-related design and technical vocabulary
  • Tips for working collaboratively in peer groups and with partners
  • How to navigate UW campus labs and other facilities

Who Should Register 

This course is for incoming fourth and fifth graders who want to learn foundational design and engineering concepts.


Steve Howard and Will Nelson

More Information

This in-person course is taught on the UW Seattle campus.

Students who want a full-day experience can register for two courses — one in the morning and one in the afternoon — which will include a supervised lunch break between courses. Students should bring a lunch.

See the Policies page for details about registration policies, refunds, waitlists and more.


Jul 15–Jul 26, 2024

9 a.m.–12 p.m.
UW Seattle
Refund Deadline
Jun 3, 2024