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Welcome to The Challenge 2021

Calling all Arizona high school students!

You are invited to join a virtual engineering design competition hosted by the AZ TriU Engineering Partnership, which includes the University of Arizona, Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University. This year’s Challenge topic is Access to Clean Water.

Students will participate in online seminars, discussions with experts, and facilitated team meetings scheduled on June 15-18, with winners announced on June 21.


On June 14 at 6 p.m. participants are invited to a special pre-challenge screening of Matt Damon’s new documentary “Brave Blue World” with a live chat on Discord and experts from the film will be present afterwards to answer your questions!

The Challenge

How The Challenge 2021 works

Participants form teams to learn about a water-related problem in Arizona and then propose unique engineering strategies to address it. Student teams work from home as they conduct guided research alongside undergraduate mentors, then build prototypes and finally submit a recorded solution presentation for evaluation.  Peers, undergraduates and faculty members provide support and guidance, and professional judges critique the final solution presentations.

Students who participate gain valuable experience in research, teamwork and leadership.  Everyone who completes The Challenge 2021 receives a certificate from the TriU partnership, documenting their 20+ hours of investigation. All final solution presentations are posted online and prizes are awarded for best solution, most innovative solution and best engineering notebook.

Here is the tentative schedule of events for The Challenge 2021.

Presented by the AZ TriU Engineering Partnership

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