The Tech Challenge
Yearlong engineering program students remember forever
This signature program of The Tech is an annual design challenge for teams of students in Grades 4–12 to use the engineering design process to solve a real-world problem.
Over several months, participants collaborate, learn from failure and improve their ideas while documenting their progress in an engineering journal. The program culminates in a two-day final showcase where teams put their solutions to the test in front of their peers and judges. For more than 30 years, The Tech Challenge has encouraged girls and boys from all backgrounds to see themselves as engineers. Contributions to this program pay for materials, staffing and dozens of events throughout the year.

What it costs
  • One year: $1 million

  • Five years: $5 million

  • Endowment: $20 million. Provides $1 million in annual funding in perpetuity, ensuring Silicon Valley’s neediest students will always have access to quality STEM learning.

  • 2,500 students participate each year
  • 40%+ are girls, 45%+ are low-income
  • Builds 21st century skills like teamwork, critical thinking, problem-solving
  • Helps develop tomorrow's STEM workforce
  • Aligns with Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards
“Teamwork can help make something that we might not think is possible.”


 — Tech Challenge participant, 2018 

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