​​​​Design and Build

February 29, 2020

Join us in our ninth annual competition at Great Lakes Science Center! Design & Build provides a way for corporations, schools and families to build team spirit in a fun, creative environment while supporting the Science Center’s mission! Is your team up for the challenge in 2020?

Teams of two to eight individuals will be given a design challenge and all the materials needed on the day of the competition and then race against the clock, and the other teams, to see who can design, build and then test the most successful solution to the challenge. Teams compete in one of two categories: Youth (middle through high school students), and Corporate (adult teams or college students).

Design & Build gives the community the opportunity to engineer victory and construct a brighter future fueled by STEM learning and Great Lakes Science Center. Your organization and employees can make a direct impact on the next generation of doctors, engineers, researchers and astronauts!

Is your middle school or high school interested in participating? Contact Karyn Torigoe at (216) 696-2760 or torigoek@glsc.org to register your school team!

Download a sponsorship form here or contact Greg Renkas at (216) 696-3373 or renkasg@glsc.org

9:00 AM

Teams arrive and check-in on the Promenade level

9:00 AM

Spectator maker station begins – support your team with your own flair!

10:00 AM

Challenge explained and materials needed to build the object are handed out

10:15 AM

Designing, prototyping and building begins

11:45 AM

Designing, prototyping, building ends and competition begins
(Teams will be able to enjoy lunch while judging is in progress)

1:00 PM

Competition and Lunch Ends

1:15 PM

Judges will deliberate and points will be added up

1:30 PM

Winners Announced


DIY superhero costume

Reinberer Hall Foyer, Lower Level

10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Use your imagination and maker skills to design and create your own superhero mask or cape. Be sure to pose in front of our photo op and tag us #StayCuriousCLE.


How High Can You Jump

NASA Glenn Visitor Center, Level 1

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Comic book heroes like Superman are able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. Unleash your super power as you see just how high you can jump.


LiftOff Big Science Show

Cleveland Creates Zone

12:15 p.m.

Learn about fuel and energy as we explore different fuel sources to learn about forces and motion in this explosively fun demonstration.


Science of Superman

Discover Gallery

2:15 p.m.

Presented by NASA researchers, this demonstration explores the similarities between Superman’s origin and abilities with NASA’s missions and astronauts.


 Presenting Sponsor:


Innovator Sponsor:

Rockwell Automation

Designer Sponsor:

Lincoln Electric

Corporate Sponsor:

ASHRAE, Nelson Stud Welding, Tektronix Keithley, The Project Group, The Sherwin-Williams Company, The Telos Alliance


A look back at Design & Build 2019!

Start your engines! In 2019, teams worked together to design a vehicle that could withstand a variety of track testing. The fastest, the slowest, and the vehicle that could stop on a dime were all awarded a set of points! Modifications were made to the vehicle between each round in an attempt to gain each point bracket. Take a look at last year's results: