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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.

Online seminars, discussions with experts, and facilitated team meetings are scheduled for June 15-18, with winners announced on June 21.

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The Challenge

Water, Water Everywhere, or Is It?

Each team of two to five students clearly defines a water-related problem in Arizona and proposes unique engineering strategies to address it. Peers, undergraduates and faculty members provide support and guidance, and professional judges critique the final solutions.

Prizes are awarded for best solution, most innovative solution and best engineering notebook (documentation).

Concerns in the Southwest

Water is essential. Everyone needs it. Water for drinking and personal needs, however, only makes up about 5% of all water consumed. The rest is used for things like sanitation, agriculture, industry, power generation and recreation. Access to clean water is considered one of the global Grand Challenges for Engineering. Importantly, communities throughout Arizona and across the Southwest are not immune to water issues.

Tie-In to Grand Challenges

With input from people around the world, an international group of technological thought leaders identified Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st century. The 14 goals for improving life on Earth fall under four themes – Sustainability, Health, Security and Joy of Living.

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The Challenge

Sign Up With Your Team Members Today

Rising high school juniors and seniors are invited to register online – along with their team of two to five total students – to reserve a spot! Each team member must sign up individually. The $50 registration fees includes supplies and swag. If you do not have a team, Challenge staff can help you get matched with a group. Contact for help with registration.

More Information

Visit Challenge 2020 to see some of last year’s activities and 25 team solutions.

If you are interested in supporting or learning more about The Challenge, please contact

Presented by the AZ TriU Engineering Partnership

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