Engineering Challenges

Engineering challenges are the hallmark of hands-on and experiential learning at Alta Vista. A challenge comprises a problem or provocation and a number of constraints, such as specific materials or lack thereof. 


Every grade participates in the engineering challenges, which are proposed every month by

a teacher throughout the year during Monday morning meetings. Students are encouraged to design prototypes, test, and iterate their solutions over a few weeks prior to the engineering challenge presentation and winner announcement. Through attempting repeated challenges, students learn to not fear mistakes, fail forward, take feedback, celebrate risk-taking, innovate, and become fascinated with how things work and are connected.

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