The Solar Boat RegattaAt the MRES' Solar Boat Regatta teams demonstrate knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to design and build boats powered by the sun. They compete in a number of races, culminating with a one-hour endurance race. Video link is here.


Real World Design ChallangeThe Real World Design Challenge (RWDC) is an annual competition that provides high school students, grades 9-12, the opportunity to work on real world engineering challenges in a team environment.


HHI / SCSU Engineering Design CompetitionA  competition for Minnesota students  (Grades 9-12) enrolled in Engineering and Technology courses.  Sponsored by Haldeman- Homme Inc. and St. Cloud State University for Minnesota students, currently enrolled in a Technology & Engineering Education design courses.


MN Renewable Energy Challenge - The MN Renewable Energy Challenge (REC) encourages students to explore the exciting world of  wind and solar power. REC Teams design and build small wind turbines with the goal of creating something both efficient and elegant. The season culminates with a Challenge Day where teams bring their wind turbine to be scored on energy output in a 48" x 48" wind tunnel. Teams are also judged on their turbine design, participate in an industry knowledge component and same day solar challenge.


First Lego League - Teams collaborate to build and program an autonomous robot to score points on a thematic playing surface (the Robot Game) and create an innovative solution to a problem correlated to the yearly theme (the Project), all while guided by the FLL Core Values. These three elements; the Robot Game, the Project, and FLL Core Values make up what is called The Challenge. 



FIRST Robotics CompetitionOur mission is to show students of every age that science, technology, and problem-solving are not only fun and rewarding, but are proven paths to successful careers and a bright future for us all.


ITEEA - Reach Challenge - is an impactful Adaptive & Assistive Technology (AT) design-thinking project for middle school, high school, and college level STEM programs, showcasing ITEEA’s mission that "Technology and Engineering Bring STEM to Life"!


SkillsUSA - SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel. We provide educational programs, events and competitions that support career and technical education (CTE) in the nation’s classrooms.


Minnesota State Fair - 2020 online registration opens May 4 and closes August 11 at 4:30 p.m.    Canceled

Technology and Engineering Exibits information

Register your student projects here 

Monday, August 17 between 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Tuesday, August 18 between 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

K-12 Artwork and Photography
Students from across the state are welcome to submit their artwork and photography for this year's K-12 showcase! State Fair staff will select their top three entries from each class and grade to feature on social media. No premiums or ribbons will be awarded and entries submitted in 2020 will not be eligible for competition in 2021 due to grade level requirements.
Those who enter will be sent a certificate of participation via email and are encouraged to share their entry and a photo of them with their artwork and certificate on social media using #mnstatefair!
How to enter:
  1. Send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  2. Include the student's name, school, grade and what class you are entering in your email
  3. Attach one picture of your artwork
  4. One entry per person accepted
What you can enter:
  • Class 1: Photography (black and white or color)
  • Class 2: Drawing/Painting (using any medium including but not limited to: crayons, markers, watercolor, acrylic, mixed media)

Tool Kit for Entry of Students' Projects to the Minnesota State Fair