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…
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.
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.
- Registration – November 1 – February 15, 2018
- Design & Build – November 2017 – May 2018
- Invention Basecamp (optional) – starting December 2017
- Invent the Future Day (optional) – January 28, 2018
- Innovation Exchange (optional) – February 9, March 16, April 13
- Presentations at Challenge Summit – May 2018
We’re looking for adult/corporate volunteers for Invent the Future Day, Innovation Exchanges and the Challenge Summit. Contact us to learn more.
Win passes to Kings Dominion, and get showcased at KID Museum. Register for the Challenge today!
Prepare for the Challenge with Invention Basecamp workshops at KID Museum.
Attend one or attend them all. (Invention Basecamp is optional for Challenge participants.)
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.
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
The team explores new ideas and approaches to protecting the planet and applies these ideas in innovative ways.
The team works through the Challenge process as a group, working together and using the talents and abilities of each team member.
The team uses an iterative design process, with a cycle of prototyping, testing, analyzing and refining.
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.
The team is able to effectively and creatively communicate their invention and the ideas around it.
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.
If you’re an MCPS Educator – please click below to get started, and schedule Invention Basecamp for your students.
If you’re a team coordinator (18 years+) and are ready to register your team of 3-6 middle schoolers, please click below.
If you’re an individual (6th – 8th grade) looking to participate but need help finding a team, please click below.