Click here to check out the winning entries from Fall 2017


Why Kids
Should Participate:

  • Develop problem-solving, creativity, and critical thinking skills
  • Have fun while building and designing
  • Learn about the types of projects STEAM professionals work on

Why schools, organizations, and families should participate:

  • Provide a new and exciting way to do STEAM learning
  • Get new STEAM tools and toys and items for your house or classrooms
  • Bring STEAM to your home or classroom in an easy and affordable way

Who can Participate?

  1. Families: Perfect for weekend fun, rainy day activities, and play dates!
  2. Schools: Groups of students can collaborate on STEAM projects!
  3. Organizations: Perfect for after-school programs, Girl and Boy Scout Troops, and more!

How it Works

Step 1:
Choose an age group and challenge

PreK-K (ages 3-6)

Design a sign for an aquarium and sea animals for the aquarium

View PreK-K Challenge

1st-5th Grade (ages 7-11)

Design and engineer a futuristic backpack for kids

View 1st-5th Grade Challenge

6th-8th Grade (11-14)

Design and construct a memorial building to honor a famous person

View 6-8th Grade Challenge

Step 2:
Tinker, Build, and Design!

  • In teams or solo, kids can use only recycled, upcycled, and art supplies typically found in a classroom or home to create their designs.
  • Suggested time of 30-90 minutes for kids to complete their projects!
  • Take photos of the projects and have kids do a short write up on their design process. The photos and write up are their entry submissions. No need to send projects or travel to compete!
  • Check out challenge rules for specific guidelines.

Step 3:
Choose how many entries you want to submit
and submit by APRIL 15, 2018 at 11pm EST

One Entry/Project – $15

Perfect for individual kids or multiple kids in a family completing one project.

Up to 5 entries/projects – $40

Perfect for classrooms, troops, or small organizations.

Up to 20 entries/projects = $110

Perfect for schools and organizations who want to have many kids participate.


ENTRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED AS ONE POWERPOINT. CLICK HERE FOR SAMPLE POWERPOINT. If you are submitting multiple entries, please put a title page in between entries of Powerpoint.

If you have any questions or would like to write a PO rather than a credit card (schools/orgs only), contact Allison Bischoff at or 314-272-2560.

Click here to participate!

Step 4:
Have projects reviewed by STEAM experts and win prizes

All participants will receive a STEAM Challenge Certificate!
2 winners will be announced per age group

Preschool prize

Elementary prize

Middle School prize

STEAM Toys and Resources Gift Box
STEAM toys and resources that will keep your kids tinkering all day

Robotics Kit
Your students will get to discover how to build robots that perform tasks

Students will get to fly high and learn how to pilot drones


Meet the Panel of Judges

Dan, Toy Inventor

Dan Lauer is a long-standing, successful entrepreneur who’s founded multiple companies, including Lauer Toys Inc., best known for the Waterbabies line of products, which has enjoyed 26 years of continuous distribution and 23 million units sold. He is also the executive director of University of Missouri St. Louis (UMSL) Accelerate, which fosters entrepreneurship and innovative thinking in and outside the classroom.


Martin Padilla, Architect

As a Project Architect / Designer, Martin has played many roles and has worked on many types of project, ranging from marketing development to full-scale project management. His passion lies in Higher Education and teaching the next generation of architects and designers. He believes that design opportunities exist in everything we see and it is our challenge as architects to provide a product or environment that makes a lasting impact.


Natalie McGuire, Designer & Digital Strategist

Natalie McGuire has been a Web Designer & Digital Strategist since 2004, taking a design-meets-strategy fueled approach to her work, learning early on in her career that she is only as successful as the results she’s gotten for her clients. She’s worked with hundreds of businesses like Fresh Cup Magazine, Daimler, Hyundai, and Kia, and in 2013 she struck out on her own opening her own business. Since then, she’s worked with the likes of PBS and has even been featured in several podcasts and conferences.