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Engineering Exploration Challenge

Solve Real-World Problems with National Geographic

The 2015 Engineering Exploration Challenge

The Engineering Exploration Challenge is back! National Geographic wants you to solve up to three big challenges that explorers often face when they are out in the field by using your own robot-like design. Your solution must collect information about its immediate environment and use that information to decide an action to take, the way a robot might. The resulting action can be as big or as small as you can imagine!

 

Choose one or more of the challenges below to work on. When you are satisfied with your solution, submit it to National Geographic by midnight, EST on August 1, 2015. National Geographic staff will review every solution submitted to the Challenge, and we will also look at submissions in consideration of using them in a Google Hangout or for publication in a new National Geographic book, ​Everything Robotics​. Everyone who is qualified and submits a solution to National Geographic will receive a certificate of accomplishment and a free movie ticket to the new National Geogrpahic film, ​ROBOTS 3D ​(while supplies last).

Pick One of the 2015 Challenges

Animal Migrations

Animal Migrations

How do you study an animal that can't sit still? Design, build, and test a way to study an animal as it migrates.

Telling the Story

Telling the Story

How do you prove a place is special? Design, build, and test a way to collect data about a place.

Extreme Environments

Extreme Environments

How do you explore an extreme place that you cannot or should not go? Design, build, and test a way to study an extreme place that you'd like to explore but cannot go to because of extreme conditions.

The Fine Print

The Engineering Exploration (NGX) Challenge is open to children ages 6-18 worldwide. Participants may develop solutions as individuals or in groups. Adults may submit solution forms on behalf of their children or students. Children 12 and under will need a parent, guardian, or educator to submit for them. Students between the ages of 13 and 18 may submit their own solutions but will need to provide a parent or guardian's email address. Solutions are due by midnight, EST on August 1, 2015.

 

National Georaphic staff will review every solution submitted for the Challenge, and we will also look at submissions in consideration of using them in a Google+ Hangout or for publication in the new National Geographic book, ​Everything Robotics​. We will send you or your parent/guardian an email to reach our for further discussion is we are interested in using your solution. Read more in our FAQs.

 

By submitting a solution to the Challenge, you agree (on behalf of yourself and the child(ren) for whom you are submitting) to release, discharge, and hold harmless National Geographic from any and all liability, loss, damage, or injury resulting from participating in the Challenge.

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Submit Your Solution!

Use this form to submit your solution, working or non-working, to National Geographic by midnight, EST on August 1, 2015. You'll need a parent or guardian's email, a description of your solution, and a drawing, photo, or video of your solution.


Everything You Need to Know

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about the program? Find the answers here. 


Tune In

Tune into our Google Hangouts this summer to ask Nat Geo experts your questions! Submit questions ahead of time to NGX@ngs.org.


Where Do I Start?

Use the engineering process to think through and successfully solve the challenges.

2015 NGX Educator Guide

2015 NGX Educator Guide

Use this educator guide to facilitate the Engineering Exploration Challenge in formal and informal educational settings.


Participate Through 4-H

<p>Check with your local 4-H club or summer camp <a href="http://www.4-h.org/youth-development-programs/4-h-science-programs/more-science-resources/nationalgeographic/" target="_blank">about participating in the NGX Challenge.</a></p>

Check with your local 4-H club or summer camp about participating in the NGX Challenge.

See Last Year's Results

See some of the innovative solutions submitted by kids to the 2014 National Geographic Kids Engineering Exploration Challenge by watching our Google+ Hangout. Students discuss their solutions with National Geographic explorers and engineers.

Check out this video of last year's Hangout