KID Museum expanded its programming to reach more kids in the 2018-19 school year than ever before. More than 7,000 kindergarteners through eighth-graders from all across the DC region took part in hands-on, maker learning on a school field trip to KID Museum, while 500+ participated in our multi-visit, deep-learning Invention Studio programs.
Invention Studio students attended a series of skill-building workshops where they became proficient in design, electronics, coding, engineering, and rapid prototyping. In the process of designing their own inventions, students also learned skills such as perseverance, collaboration, creative problem solving, and critical thinking — skills that are considered to be especially important for the 21st-century workforce.
KID Museum’s 2019 Invent the Future Challenge inspired 850 middle schoolers to form teams and design original solutions to the world’s most pressing environmental problems. Nearly 200 teams entered the competition — twice the number from last year — and participated in a culminating Challenge Summit at Gaithersburg High School on May 11. At this showcase event, student inventions ranged from saltwater purification mechanisms, to forest fire detection systems, to smart garden watering devices, and more.
KID Museum thanks all of the students, teachers, and coaches who made the 2018-19 school year such a success, and we look forward to seeing you next year. Here’s to a great summer of fun and invention!
– Becca Neuman, KID Museum