Statewide Design Challenge

Bring STEM to any school with a design challenge

Design challenges are activities or competitions that students participate in to solve real-world problems. Through the challenge, students engage in creative problem-solving, boosting skills like collaboration and grit.

For many schools, participating in the statewide design challenge was the perfect way to begin implementing high-quality STEM education best practices.

Annual statewide challenge

Each year, the Ohio STEM Learning Network hosts a design challenge where students collaborate to create a workable solution to key issues facing our world. Any school in Ohio can participate in the challenge.

Over the course of the challenge, we provide:

  • Online resources for teachers and students
  • Professional development events to support teachers
  • Participation certificates for every student
  • Regional and state level awards each spring
“It was such a great opportunity! Thanks to everyone who plans it and sponsors the event. I am excited to participate again next year. As a teacher, I learned a lot!”
Tina M.
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Dates and deadlines

  • August 8: Challenge opens
  • December 9: Student designs for optional sticker competition due
  • January 27: Registration closes for participating schools
  • March 24: Deadline for final participation numbers and submissions to the statewide showcase
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