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March 2: Engineering Machine Design Contest for Grades 6-12

Event is Friday, March 2 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 10-25-2017

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Mankato, Minn. – The Minnesota State Engineering Center of Excellence is holding an engineering machine design contest for students in grades 6 through 12 Friday, March 2 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

The event is free and open to the public.

Student competitors will be divided into a senior division (grades 9-12) and junior division (grades 6-8). Student teams of up to four students will enter into the contest a machine they engineer to complete a specific task, engaging hands-on with engineering and STEM principles.

A good machine incorporates every-day devices and objects and connects them in unique ways. The machine must be no more than 5 feet by 3 feet by 2 feet. The mission is to construct a machine that uses multiple steps to complete an assigned task, which varies from year to year.

This year’s challenge is to “weigh it.” Teams receive scores based on progress reports, a team
presentation and the operation of their machine.

For more information, contact Melissa Huppert, STEM outreach director for the Minnesota State Engineering Center of Excellence, by phone at 507-389-2110 (office) or 507-508-2987 (cell) or by email at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 14,712 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which includes 30 colleges and seven universities.

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