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ITEEA's 2nd Annual Global Design Challenge for Elementary Students: DEADLINE DECEMBER 15!

December 04, 2019

News - Apr19 - ESC Challenge PicIn 2008, the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE) identified 14 Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st Century. These Grand Challenges were designed to cause students and educators to think about solutions to the big challenges affecting all of our lives. Following ESC’s first very successful Global Challenge for elementary-aged students in 2018-2019, we have a new problem for you to address in 2019-2020. The Elementary STEM Journal is sponsoring the 2nd Global Design Challenge for Elementary STEM (GDC) to provide students with a chance to solve a real problem, and show the world that everyone can help find solutions to these global challenges.

Working with their teachers, elementary STEM students from around the world will work in small design teams to solve the GDC outlined below. As students attempt to solve the GDC, the elementary classroom teacher will document the process with a simple journal or portfolio that describes the problem-solving process, the products developed, results of product market testing, as well as the final product pitch presentations. Photos and videos of proposed solutions will be posted on the Elementary STEM Council’s Facebook® site and ultimately, the team with the most elegant solution to the GDC will be provided an opportunity to present their solution during the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, on March 11-14, 2020. A story about the winning team will also be featured in The Elementary STEM Journal.


Learn more about the 2020 Global Design Challenge.

Learn about the 2019 Winning Submission. 

Application Deadline: December 15, 2019

Questions? Email Michael Daugherty at or Thomas Roberts at