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4-H Engineering Project

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Engineering—it’s something we have all heard of but many have no clue what it is. Engineering is the application of mathematics, science, and technology to solve problems. It involves critical thinking, problem solving, communication, team work, and so much more. Engineering touches all walks of life and spans a variety of different disciplines.

Ages and Stages of Youth Development


Beginners will be able to identify the steps of the engineering process and be able to use them to develop solutions to problems. Also begin to explore different fields of engineering.


Juniors will be able to utilize the engineering design process to develop solutions. Identify various economic and safety issues related to a design.


Seniors will be able to fully assess their engineering design project to determine if the design is adequate or needs to be redesigned.

4-H Programming Priorities


Help out with a robotics or other engineering based workshop and teach the engineering design process.

Health & Wellness

Engineering allows youth to look at new and innovative ways to solve health and wellness problems.


Engineering is the application of science knowledge to develop solutions. Through engineering, youth have the opportunity to experience science from all fields.


Technology and innovation (the result of engineering) are very important to the agricultural community. Youth can explore Agricultural Engineering.

Get Involved

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Youth Voice

  • Present the different fields of engineering
  • Participate in an engineering camp/workshop
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Community Service

  • Build a doghouse for your neighbor
  • Design a playhouse or tree fort for a park in your community
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Career Connections

Fields of Engineering:

  • Agriculture and biosystems
  • Biomedical
  • Chemical
  • Computer
  • Electrical

Exhibit Ideas

  • Design and build a model bridge
  • Design a drainage system for a field
  • Make a model of a water purification system
  • Build a robot prototype
  • Create a poster of an engineering design process

Learning Resources