Support Quarryville Library by entering the 2021 Fluor Engineering challenge!

2021 Fluor Engineering challenge
2021 Fluor Engineering Challenge K-12


What is it?  The 2021 Fluor Engineering Challenge is open to all K-12 students (primary through upper secondary school) around the world. Students can enter individually or as a team of up to four students. Only one entry per team is allowed. There is no limit to the number of teams that can enter on behalf of Quarryville Library (our community organization). The more teams that enter, the greater the chance we can win a prize! Students may participate on more than one team, but each team must submit a different design.

Who can enter?  Students (public/private/homeschool) in the equivalent of grades K-12 participating as individuals or as a team of up to four students.

When is the competition?  Entries can be submitted anytime from February 12, 2021 through March 12, 2021.

What do I do?   Build as tall a tower as you can out of just paper and tape and balance a can of food on it for sixty seconds. The fewer sheets of paper you use and the taller your tower is, the higher your score. Finish your tower and testing and submit photos and your score before the March 12, 2021 deadline to enter the contest.  Make sure to follow the rules, so that your entry counts!

How do I enter?  We ask that you submit your entries on the form below so that we can measure the local response about this event throughout the Southern End – both to support future STEM funding grants and just to share the excitement!   If you choose to enter directly  through website, please list Quarryville Library as the organization you are competing for.  If you provide your entry to us, we’ll post it on our social media so you can brag to your friends!

Why should I enter?  Building towers is a fun way to learn civil engineering!  And every entry gives us an additional chance to win $1,000 to support future STEM programs in our community!

Fluor Engineering Challenge entry

  • Parent/caregiver/teacher/facilitator
  • Adult's contact information
  • Must be in good taste
  • Please enter a number from 1 to 4.
    Teams may consist of 1 to 4 members (not including adults)
  • Please enter a number from 6 to 18.
  • Calculate your score using this equation: Total Score = (Distance to the bottom of the can in centimeters) − ( 2 × number of pieces of paper) Remember that the number of pieces of paper is equal to the number used in your final design. Paper used in earlier prototypes or for sketches do not count.
  • By uploading these photos you give Science Buddies and Quarryville Library all rights to display the photos in printed and online materials, including on the Science Buddies website and in social media posts, along with your team name, score, and Quarryville Library as sponsor. Images of team members are optional, and not required for participation in this competition.
  • Drop files here or
    I authorize the Quarryville Library to use my photo, image, and name – or that of my child, if applicable – to be used in the 2021 Fluor Design Challenge in both print and online and for the Quarryville Library's use in promoting children's programming. I understand that no payment is due me for such usage.
  • What was your favorite part of doing the 2021 Fluor Design Challenge? (Both student and parent/educator feedback are welcome).