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What is Invent the Future?

The Invent the Future program is one of the region’s largest maker challenges integrating science, technology, engineering, and design. KID Museum brings together hundreds of middle school students, families, educators, and community members to invent solutions to the question:

What will you make to improve life on this planet?

Through the process of designing their own inventions, students learn to innovate, solve problems, gain confidence, engender compassion, and work with others — all skills for future success.

How to Participate

Invent the Future is a true community collaboration between KID Museum, schools, local businesses, local government, and STEM professionals who serve as mentors and judges. Be a part of this inspiring program — and make a difference in the lives of middle school students, and our community as a whole.


Find out how you can form a team and support your students throughout the program.


Students & Families

Find out all you need to know about Invent the Future!



We’re looking for like-minded organizations to be sponsors, judges, and volunteers.


The future is in your hands!

Experience the impact of KID Museum’s Invent the Future program through the eyes of four middle school students and their team leader.

Invent the Future Celebration

On June 3, 2023, a community of students, educators, families, friends, industry leaders, elected officials, and innovators gathered to celebrate the achievements of 2,000+ middle school inventors.

Students presented prototypes of inventions designed to answer the question: what will you make to improve life on this planet? And won awards in various categories, celebrating design, collaboration, innovation, and more.

Leaders from across industries engaged with young innovators, inspiring the next generation to invent the future by connecting the dots between the skills students learn now and the opportunities they will have in the years to come.

Join us in congratulating the participants and winners, and check out a recap of the event.


Stay tuned for information regarding our 2024 Celebration.

Invent the Future Celebration
Photo Credit: Edwin Remsberg Photography

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The Invent the Future program was made possible by KID Museum’s groundbreaking partnership with Montgomery County Public Schools. Invent the Future is open to all middle schools across the DC Metro region.