The Engineering Exploration Challenge

Have you ever wondered if you have what it takes to be a National Geographic photographer or explorer? Find out this summer by participating in the 2015 Engineering Exploration (NGX) Challenge!

From now through August 1, National Geographic is asking kids ages 6-18 around the world to solve up to three real-world challenges faced by our explorers in the field.

The three challenges are:

Animal Migrations – How do you study an animal that can’t sit still?

Photograhy by Vladimir Seliverstov/Dreamstime
Photograph by Vladimir Seliverstov/Dreamstime

Telling the Story – How do you prove that a place is special?

Photograph by Light & Magic Photography/Dreamstime
Photograph by Light & Magic Photography/Dreamstime

Extreme Environments – How do you explore a place that you cannot or should not go?  

Photograph by Adambowers/Dreamstime
Photograph by Adambowers/Dreamstime

This year’s NGX Challenge is brought to you by the new NG film, ROBOTS 3D, so it asks kids to solve these problems the way a robot might, by sensing something about the immediate environment and using that information to decide an action to take. Kids who submit their solutions to National Geographic by midnight EDT on August 1, 2015 will each receive a free movie ticket (while supplies last), a certificate of accomplishment, and the chance to be published in the upcoming National Geographic Kids book, Everything Robotics.

Use the engineering process to develop your solution. If you’re an educator or parent, use our guide to for suggested materials lists and tips for working with children young and old. Have questions about the Challenge? Visit our FAQs page or email 

Happy Engineering!

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