Invention Studio

KID Museum’s Invention Studio Program offers middle school students an immersive experience in hands-on, STEM learning.

Students participate in five sessions at KID Museum, gaining skills in design & engineering, electricity & circuits, sensors & coding, fabrication and rapid prototyping while collaborating with their peers on creating an interactive, multi-disciplined “invention” of their own design. KID Museum Educators work with small groups, guiding them through the invention process.

Participants report increased self-efficacy and confidence, increased problem-solving and technical skills, increased interest in STEM, and greater academic success after completing the program.*

Invention Studio launched in the 2014-2015 school year in partnership with Montgomery County Public Schools and Parkland Middle School. Since then, the program has grown, with 20 cohorts participating in the 2017-18 school year. It also provides a pathway to participation in the Invent the Future Challenge.

To schedule a visit or to find out more about our programs, please contact Laurel Harrington (laurel@kid-museum.org), School Visit Coordinator.

* Findings based on a student survey developed at the PEAR Institute: Partnerships in Education and Resilience at Harvard University.

KID Museum gratefully acknowledges our 2018-2019 invention program donors: Jim and Carol Trawick Foundation, Inter-American Development Bank, and Best Buy Foundation. If you are interested in supporting this program, please contact Dana Earl at dana@kid-museum.org.