The Tech Challenge: Signature Program of The Tech Museum

The Tech Challenge: Signature Program of The Tech Museum The Tech Challenge presented by Dell is an annual team design challenge for students in grades 4-12 that introduces and reinforces the scientific process

The Tech Challenge presented by Dell is an annual team design challenge for students in grades 4-12 that introduces and reinforces the scientific process with a hands-on project geared to solving a real-world problem.

Mission: Open to students in grades 4-12, The Tech Challenge is designed to inspire the next generation of Silicon Valley innovators and provide months of team learning in science, engineering, and math. The program culminates in The Tech Challenge Event Days. Team efforts are celebrated in an awards ceremony.

This year’s Bob Grimm Award for an Extraordinary Educator was given to Rosemary Baez and Ashley Diaz of Third Street C...
04/05/2019

This year’s Bob Grimm Award for an Extraordinary Educator was given to Rosemary Baez and Ashley Diaz of Third Street Community Center.

The award is named after a long-time Tech Challenge champion. Grimm was a stalwart supporter of providing STEM education resources for all. Thank you Rosemary and Ashley for all you do to support young innovators.

04/01/2019
The Tech Museum of Innovation

The Tech Museum of Innovation

What a weekend! Thank you to everyone who participated, cheered or volunteered in The Tech Challenge 2019: No Roads, No Problem!, presented by Dell.

It was a spectacular event where The Tech’s mission — inspiring the innovator in everyone — took center stage. We'll see you next year!

03/31/2019

A NAIL-BITING performance from Team Sabercats 😱

A few costume highlights from day one. Every team looked ON POINT. 🙌
03/31/2019

A few costume highlights from day one. Every team looked ON POINT. 🙌

03/31/2019

May we all strive for this level of organization. 💯 👏

03/30/2019

This team made navigating a hovercraft through different terrains look easy. They did all three rigs in under 30 seconds! 😱

Are you ready for this?! #TheTechChallenge
03/29/2019

Are you ready for this?! #TheTechChallenge

Watching that Tech Challenge registration deadline creep up on you like...⠀Make sure your team signs up by Thursday, F...
02/21/2019

Watching that Tech Challenge registration deadline creep up on you like...

Make sure your team signs up by Thursday, Feb 28: https://bit.ly/2BJJhe4

DAB: Diaminobenzidine, an organic compound. It is also a very popular pose at The Tech Challenge.
02/19/2019

DAB: Diaminobenzidine, an organic compound. It is also a very popular pose at The Tech Challenge.

Find yourself someone who looks at you like this kid looks at his team’s device.
02/14/2019

Find yourself someone who looks at you like this kid looks at his team’s device.

02/06/2019

3x the glasses = 3x the safety? We’re here for it.

🕶🕶😎 when your safety glasses have safety glasses glasses
02/04/2019

🕶🕶😎 when your safety glasses have safety glasses glasses

Let's tacobout the rules for this year's challenge, No Roads, No Problem! Here are the first few. 🌮📝⠀1. The devi...
01/28/2019

Let's tacobout the rules for this year's challenge, No Roads, No Problem! Here are the first few. 🌮📝

1. The device must be a hovercraft.
2. No store-bought solutions. 💸
3. No wheels that touch the ground are allowed on the device.
4. Maximum size: 16” x 16”. 📏

For a complete, emoji-free version of the rules, visit:
bit.ly/2LAmpkZ

01/23/2019
The Tech Challenge 2018: Drop & Dash

"I love that it was more than just making things, it was about bringing people together." 💪🤝

Have you seen the recap of last year's Challenge, "Drop & Dash"? Check it out: https://bit.ly/2RdNWha

Thousands of students from across Northern California and beyond participate in the 31st annual Tech Challenge, presented by Dell. The Tech Challenge is a si...

We love a good doggo that can rock vintage apparel
01/21/2019

We love a good doggo that can rock vintage apparel

01/07/2019

Hovering into 2019 like

On this Giving Tuesday we are raising funds for The Tech Challenge! We’re dedicated to closing gaps in STEM- that’s ...
11/27/2018

On this Giving Tuesday we are raising funds for The Tech Challenge! We’re dedicated to closing gaps in STEM- that’s why over 40% of our participants are girls and 45% come from low-income schools.

Help us empower young people to think critically and creatively.

Link to donate - bit.ly/TTCMatch

We’re so grateful for your support.

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10/15/2018

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10/15/2018

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Registration is now open for The Tech Challenge 2019: No Roads, No Problem, presented by Dell. Fly on over to thetech.or...
10/04/2018

Registration is now open for The Tech Challenge 2019: No Roads, No Problem, presented by Dell. Fly on over to thetech.org/thetechchallenge to claim your spot.

The first info clinic is on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 10:30 a.m. This will give you a chance to learn more about this year’s rules!

Introducing The Tech Challenge theme for 2019 … *drumroll please* “No Roads, No Problem” presented by Dell. Partic...
09/27/2018

Introducing The Tech Challenge theme for 2019 … *drumroll please*

“No Roads, No Problem” presented by Dell. Participants will be given the ultimate task of building a hovercraft that can travel over different terrain!

Can’t wait to get your team off the ground? Registration opens Thursday, Oct. 4 at thetech.org/thetechchallenge.

07/16/2018
Silicon Valley Supports Young Engineers

A new generation of innovators is fired up and ready to go thanks to The Tech Challenge, presented by Dell. We saw lots of fun, creative and inspiring designs for the 2018 Drop and Dash challenge. We are so grateful for our supporters.

“We know these students — roughly 2,000 of them — are makers and doers, something that resonates deeply with the e...
06/11/2018
Challenging Students to Achieve More Through Technology - Microsoft Bay Area

“We know these students — roughly 2,000 of them — are makers and doers, something that resonates deeply with the employee culture here at Microsoft." -Pat O’Connor, Microsoft General Manager of Silicon and Sensor Development and judge for 2018's The Tech Challenge

A wonderful blog by Microsoft Bay Area about this year's The Tech Challenge!

We were thrilled to take part in the 31st annual Tech Challenge at The Tech Museum in San Jose on April 29. We know these students — roughly 2,000 of them — are makers and doers, something that resonates deeply with the employee culture here at Microsoft.

“We know these students — roughly 2,000 of them — are makers and doers, something that resonates deeply with the e...
06/08/2018
Challenging Students to Achieve More Through Technology - Microsoft Bay Area

“We know these students — roughly 2,000 of them — are makers and doers, something that resonates deeply with the employee culture here at Microsoft." -Pat O’Connor, Microsoft General Manager of Silicon and Sensor Development

Thank you for the super kind words and amazing support, @microsoftsv!

We were thrilled to take part in the 31st annual Tech Challenge at The Tech Museum in San Jose on April 29. We know these students — roughly 2,000 of them — are makers and doers, something that resonates deeply with the employee culture here at Microsoft.

This Saturday was the first in a series of summer workshops preparing students for next year's The Tech Challenge. Full ...
06/04/2018
The Tech Challenge - Hovercraft Workshop

This Saturday was the first in a series of summer workshops preparing students for next year's The Tech Challenge.

Full schedule of events this summer:
June 2, 11 a.m. at the Santa Teresa Branch Library
June 12, 3 p.m. at the Vineland Branch Library
June 22, 2:30 p.m. at the Tully Branch Library
June 23, 3 p.m. at the Seven Trees Library
June 28, 11 a.m. at Gwinn Elementary with the Santa Clara County Library District Bookmobile
July 9, 2:30 p.m. at the Edenvale Branch Library
July 17, 3 p.m. at the Almaden Branch Library
July 25, 3 p.m. at the Morgan Hill Library
July 28, 2 p.m. at the Berryessa Branch Library
Aug. 2, 2:30 p.m. at the Evergreen Branch Library
Aug. 25, 4 p.m. at the Bascom Branch Library

Do a hovercraft-related activity, learn about the engineering design process and find out how to get involved with The Tech Challenge, presented by Dell! Ages 5 and up are welcome.

Join our friends at Computer History Museum on June 22 for their first ever Teen Takeover: Power Up the Future event! Fe...
05/30/2018

Join our friends at Computer History Museum on June 22 for their first ever Teen Takeover: Power Up the Future event! Featuring live tech demos, a speaker panel discussion, hands-on activities, historic computer demos, food, music, prizes and more! RSVP for free: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/friday-nights-chm-teen-takover-power-up-the-future-tickets-11245978023?aff=ehomecard. This event provides an opportunity for teens to explore the Computer History Museum for free, as well as an opportunity to meet other teens from around the Bay Area.

Brought to you by the Computer History Museum's new Teen Engagement Council, which fosters collaboration among teens to create, coordinate, execute, and promote events by teens for teens. #CHMTeenTakeover

The moment you've been waiting for: Our Flickr album of Showcase weekend is posted! Download the pics you like and share...
05/05/2018
The Tech Challenge 2018

The moment you've been waiting for: Our Flickr album of Showcase weekend is posted! Download the pics you like and share them on social media — and don't forget to tag us!

This signature program of The Tech Museum of Innovation invites teams of students in Grades 4-12 to use the engineering design process to solve a real-world problem.

05/03/2018
1st place winner - Team #138: A3R2MY

Did you catch the winners of our Video Contest, presented by Arm? These young innovators aren't just excellent engineers; they're pretty great storytellers, too.

1st place winner - Team #138: A3R2MY Grade: 7-8

05/02/2018
1st place winner - Team #138: A3R2MY

Did you catch the winners of this year's Video Contest presented by @Arm? Our participants aren't just rock star engineers, they're pretty great filmmakers, too! Check them all out here:

1st place winner - Team #138: A3R2MY Grade: 7-8

"Be bold about *your* ideas. Don’t hide them in your room. Don’t hide them in your backpack. Don’t hide them in yo...
04/30/2018

"Be bold about *your* ideas. Don’t hide them in your room. Don’t hide them in your backpack. Don’t hide them in your heart. They won’t do much good there. When you share *your* ideas, you can change the *world.*" — The Tech Museum of Innovation President & CEO Tim Ritchie

04/30/2018
Tech Challenge 2018

Drop, Dash and Done! That's a wrap on the 2018 Tech Challenge, presented by Dell. Thank you to the 2,000 or so students who participated, the more than 700 volunteers who made it happen, and the many supporters whose enthusiasm for this program inspires us every year. We'll see you in 2019 for (drum roll) ... the hovercraft challenge!

2018 Showcase: Drop & Dash, presented by Dell
04/29/2018

2018 Showcase: Drop & Dash, presented by Dell

04/29/2018

Nailed it! Watch this team from the high school division hit the target this morning.

2018 Showcase: Drop & Dash, presented by Dell
04/29/2018

2018 Showcase: Drop & Dash, presented by Dell

So many companies are here to support these budding engineers — we are so grateful to them and their employees for mak...
04/28/2018

So many companies are here to support these budding engineers — we are so grateful to them and their employees for making #TheTechChallenge possible. A huge thank you to presenting sponsor Dell and supporters SAP Arm Intel Ford Motor Company Thermo Fisher Scientific Cisco Bank of America

And they're off! The first teams of the weekend have entered the judging area after lining up and perfecting their devic...
04/28/2018

And they're off! The first teams of the weekend have entered the judging area after lining up and perfecting their devices in the pit. You can feel the excitement in the air!

04/28/2018

Are you joining us for the Showcase this weekend? Check out our Snapchat filters — and make sure to snap and share with us!

Heads up! If you are wear a costume to the showcase, keep it on for the awards ceremony — if you win that category we ...
04/22/2018

Heads up! If you are wear a costume to the showcase, keep it on for the awards ceremony — if you win that category we want to take your pic!

Our showcase is a little over just one week away, and it is all possible thanks to many of our supporters including SAP,...
04/18/2018

Our showcase is a little over just one week away, and it is all possible thanks to many of our supporters including SAP, Arm, Bank of America, Intel, and of course our presenting sponsor, Dell!

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