The S.C. 4-H Engineering Challenge


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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College


An opportunity for students 9-19 to learn, have fun, demonstrate their science, technology, engineering and math skills, and compete for individual and team honors.




2017 Challenges

Click on the name of the challenge below to view its preparation document. Documents explain the rules of each challenge, what to bring, and what to expect. Students are expected to read the preparation document prior to attending the event. 

Bridge Building Challenge – Teams of 2-4 students

Egg Lofter Rocket Challenge (updated)- Teams of 2-3 students

Energy House Challenge – Teams of 2-4 students

GPS Challenge – Teams of 2-4 students

LEGO Robotics Challenge – Teams of 2-6 students

Mystery Challenge – Teams of 2-4 students. No prep document; its a mystery!

Power of Photography Challenge – NEW! Individuals submit a photo and description prior to the event.

Solar Oven Showcase Challenge – NEW! Teams of 2-4 students


STEM Fair!

We’re looking for hands-on STEM activity exhibits and interactive STEM demonstrations for the STEM Fair! Is your organization/business interested in having a booth at the STEM Fair? Email
Make it a family outing! A STEM Fair will be set up during the event to provide fun, hands-on STEM activities and interactive demonstrations for all ages. Adult chaperones and non-participant children can purchase a lunch for the event on the registration page.



This event is run with the help of almost 100 volunteers. Interested in volunteering? Click here to see descriptions of volunteer duties.
Do you have a career in STEM? Consider making a STEM career presentation! Career presentations will be a connection for students to see what they can do with the skills they have learned while preparing for and competing in their challenge. The presentation will be paired with a presentation from OC Tech staff about college programs relating to the students’ challenge/ possible careers.



Registration will be open January 6- March 1.
  • Pre-registration is required for participation in all challenges. Each challenge has a limited number of tickets available.
  • Students can only participate in one team challenge on the event day. This means that students can participate on a team for one of the 6 team challenges and individually in the Power of Photography Challenge.
  • It is expected that students are prepared to compete before attending the event and students may be required to bring items to participate in certain challenges. Please read the preparation document for the challenge you have registered for.
  • You will purchase one ticket per team and/or one ticket per individual participating in the Power of Photography Challenge.
  • Registration includes t-shirt and lunch for registered participants (except for the Power of Photography Challenge). 
  • You can purchase lunches and t-shirts for chaperones as well as non-participant students (if you are bringing students who only registered for the Power of Photography Challenge, you will need to choose this option in order for them to have a lunch).
  • Once you purchase your team or individual ticket, you will be sent a link and asked to fill out a form about the student(s) you have registered. This information includes each student’s name, age, gender, ethnicity, lunch preference, and t-shirt size. There will be one form per team. You can register up to 10 individuals for the Power of Photography Challenge per form; these participants will not need t-shirt size or lunch order. This information is required by March 1 for the student(s) to participate in the challenge you have registered them for.

Click here to register.


 Check out last year’s event!

For more information, contact Katie Rishebarger at
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