LEGO Build at the State Fair

Innovate at the Iowa State Fair: Design-Build Competition

At Iowa State University, our students, faculty, staff, and alumni are constantly raising the bar and leaving their marks through innovative ideas, collaborations, and inventions. Now, we’re taking that innovative spirit to the Iowa State Fair!

As part of the Innovate at the Iowa State Fair: Design-Build Competition, undergraduate, graduate, faculty, staff, and alumni teams will design a concept, build a prototype, and then go on to build a full-scale model during a timed competition at the Iowa State Fair in August. And it will all be done with LEGO™ bricks!

What is the challenge?

We’re looking for teams of Iowa State University undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff members, and alumni who will take on the challenge of designing and building a model that represents Innovate at Iowa State out of LEGO™ brick.

Once you submit your application, with your team of 2-3 members, you’ll begin by designing a LEGO™ concept. A training session will be held at 11 a.m. on April 24 (with a recording posted on this site afterward for later submissions) to help answer your questions and inspire your innovations! Submit photos of your design and a list of the types/colors of bricks you’d need to compete by July 1. Then it’s time to perfect your design and prepare to compete against other Iowa State teams for a variety of prizes!

You’ll be assigned a time slot during the Iowa State Fair, where your team will have two (2) hours to build your model with LEGO™ bricks. Winners will be announced at the end of each day!


  • $3,000 FIRST PRIZE – 1 AWARDED

Training Session (recording provided for later submissions)

  • April 24, 11 a.m. – noon

Registration Closes June 1

Concept Review

  • July 10, 11 a.m. – noon

Apply to Innovate at the Iowa State Fair!

Spaces for teams are limited — submit your application today! Submissions are open until June 1, or until spots are full.

Submit Your LEGO™ Design by July 1

  • Submit Your Design Concept (Deadline: July 1)

    Please upload a photo of your LEGO™ design prototype and a pick-list of what types or colors of bricks you will need during the Iowa State Fair competition. A concept review meeting where you can ask questions will be held July 10.

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Have Questions? Contact us!

Karen Kerns

Director of Innovation Programming