OPEN TO 6TH - 8TH GRADERS
ACROSS THE DC METRO REGION

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
CHALLENGE SUMMIT IN MAY 2018

INVENT THE FUTURE

Your environment. Your invention. Your future.

People have been trying to help the environment for decades. Now, it’s your turn. Form a team of your peers and tackle one of the biggest issues of today, for a better tomorrow…

Challenge Question

Think of an environmental problem, big or small, that needs to be addressed. Now, think of a solution to that problem; an invention that would address that problem. Use your imagination to push beyond today’s limits to invent the future, and protect the planet.

If you accept this challenge, your team must not only dream up an invention, but also design and prototype that invention. Use engineering, coding, and design techniques to turn your ideas into something tangible. High-tech or low-tech, mechanical or digital… What will you make to protect the planet? The future is up to you.

Challenge Timeline

  • Registration – November 1 – December 31, 2017
  • Design & Build – November 2017 – May 2018
  • Invention Basecamp (optional) – starting December 2017
  • Presentations at Challenge Summit – May 2018

Win passes to Kings Dominion, and get showcased at KID Museum. Register for the Challenge today!

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INVENTION BASECAMP

Prepare for the Challenge with Invention Basecamp workshops at KID Museum.
Attend one or attend them all. (Invention Basecamp is optional for Challenge participants.)

Design & Engineering

Learn about the engineering process and develop a variety of essential design skills. Using industry-level materials and equipment, take your ideas from concept to physical object.

Workshops Available

Intro to Design and Woodshop
Power Tools and Fabrication
3D Design

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Electronics & Coding

Get an introduction to electronics and computer programming with Arduino. Use written code to instruct your Arduino to read inputs and generate outputs, learning the foundations of programming.

Workshops Available

Electronics and Intro to Arduino
Arduino Outputs
Arduino Inputs

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GUIDELINES

Form a team of 3-6 middle school students (6th – 8th grade) and one adult coordinator (18 years+).

Make a physical representation of your invention; it does not need to be fully functioning, but it needs to be something tangible! 

Spend no more than $60 on materials for your invention. Teams can use a Challenge Starter Kit (Arduino and associated parts) for $30.

Present your inventions at the Challenge Summit in May for a chance to win prizes (see recognition categories below)

Markers of Success

At the Challenge Summit, teams will be recognized in each of the following categories: Originality, Team Collaboration, Design Process, Potential Impact, Presentation.

Originality

Originality

The team explores new ideas and approaches to protecting the planet and applies these ideas in innovative ways.

Team Collaboration

Team Collaboration

The team works through the Challenge process as a group, working together and using the talents and abilities of each team member.

Design Process

Design Process

The team uses an iterative design process, with a cycle of prototyping, testing, analyzing and refining.

Potential Impact

Potential Impact

The team’s project and ideas have the ability to make an impact not only on their surrounding environment but also on a larger scale.

Presentation

Presentation

The team is able to effectively and creatively communicate their invention and the ideas around it.

INVENTION INSPIRATION

Looking for some inspiration to help you get started? Here are a few projects that we hope will spark new ideas.
Remember the Challenge asks for prototypes, not necessarily full-sized or fully functioning inventions.

Mr. Trash Wheel

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Arduino Powered Greenhouse

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Poor Little Fishbowl Sink

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GET STARTED

Take the first step in the Invent the Future Challenge with one of the options below. 
Questions on which path is right for you? Contact us at info@kid-museum.org.

MCPS Groups

If you’re an MCPS Coordinator interested in scheduling Invention Basecamp for a group of students, please click below.

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Team Registration

If you’re a team coordinator (18 years+) and are ready to register your team of 3-6 middle schoolers, please click below. 

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Individual Participants

If you’re an individual (6th – 8th grade) looking to participate but need help finding a team, please click below. 

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Team Supporters

If you’re interested in helping us bring this opportunity to ALL students, click below to donate funds for teams to participate.

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