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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 Expo

Join us for the Invent the Future Expo!

June 2nd, 2024 at KID Museum Bethesda Metro Center

This community and family event celebrates inventors, showcasing cutting-edge solutions to the world’s biggest problems – invented by students and industry leaders alike.

Celebrate the process of invention with:

  • Showcase of student projects from KID Museum’s Invention Programs
  • Award Ceremony for the Invent the Future program
  • Hands-on design challenges
  • Exhibitions from leading corporations
  • Inventor lightning talks

This community-wide event brings together students, families, corporations, elected officials, and university partners to celebrate innovators.


Invent the Future Expo
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.