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
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.
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 life on this planet?
The future is up to you.
Registration – September 14 – January 31, 2019
Design & Build – September 2018 – May 2019
Invent the Future Workshops (optional) – starting October 2018
Presentations at Challenge Summit – May 11, 2019
Teams can win prizes, and earn SSL hours for participating in the Challenge Summit on Saturday, May 11 at Gaithersburg High School.
Form a team of 3-6 middle school students (6th – 8th grade) and one adult Team Coordinator (18 years+).
Make a physical representation of your invention; it does not need to be fully functioning, but it needs to communicate your idea and be something that you made.
Spend no more than $60 on materials for your invention.
Present at the Challenge Summit in May for a chance to win awards and prizes. See the Markers of Success below; complete rubric coming soon.
Your project explores new ideas and approaches to protecting life on this planet, applies these ideas in innovative ways, and demonstrates the impact of the solution.
Your project shows evidence of your team going through multiple stages of a design cycle, complete with seeking feedback, learning new skills, and working together.
Your team’s presentation of ideas is clear and effective, and the prototype illustrates your solution to the Challenge Question.
Participants have the option to prepare for the Challenge at KID Museum with a series of skill-building workshops! Students gain skills in design, engineering, electronics, and coding while collaborating with their peers to brainstorm and prototype inventions of their own design.
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.
The Invent the Future Challenge Summit showcases the inspiring work of middle schoolers across the region. At the Summit, student teams present their prototyped inventions to a panel of industry experts. Click below for highlights from the first-ever Summit in May 2018.
The 2019 Summit is set for Saturday, May 11 at Gaithersburg High School (registration coming soon).
IN THE NEWS
The Washington Post – October 30, 2018
Montgomery Community Media – April 6, 2018
The Invent the Future Challenge was made possible by KID Museum’s groundbreaking partnership with Montgomery County Public Schools. The Challenge is open to all middle schools across the DC Metro region.