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Ninth Annual Science Buddies Engineering Challenge Announced with Support from EPAM Systems

K-12 students worldwide are invited to explore engineering with the annual Science Buddies Engineering Challenge.

Every year from February to March, in conjunction with Engineers Week, student teams work to solve a new engineering challenge using a short list of simple materials like paper and tape. The 2023 challenge, Ping Pong Pick Up Challenge, has students build a device that can pick up a ping pong ball from a distance and return it to a start line. How far away can students retrieve the ball?

The annual challenge empowers students to apply the engineering design process to design, build, and test a device that can successfully complete the challenge. Lesson plans, student guides, and video resources provide age-appropriate frameworks to guide K-12 teachers and students at all experience levels. "Every year, we are impressed to see the creative and diverse ways that students address the annual engineering challenge," said Sandra Slutz, Vice President of STEM Education at Science Buddies. "It is truly inspiring to see our future engineers, scientists, and problem solvers at work!"

This year, Science Buddies is pleased to welcome EPAM Systems, Inc., a leading digital transformation services and product engineering company, as a new partner for the 2023 Engineering Challenge. EPAM is committed to giving back to communities and sharing its time and talent to improve STEM education around the world. "We are thrilled to be supporting the 2023 Science Buddies Engineering Challenge, which aims to make engineering engaging and accessible to students around the world," said Shamilka Samarasinha, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at EPAM.

Now in its ninth year, the Science Buddies Engineering Challenge is a proven program with global reach that has already introduced more than 37,000 students to engineering. To get more details on the 2023 Engineering Challenge, including curriculum resources, challenge dates, and more, visit www.sciencebuddies.org/engineering-challenge.

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