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.
May 11, 2019 | Gaithersburg High School
“Inspiring,” “impressive,” and “amazing” are a few of the words used to describe the inventions presented at the second annual, middle school Invent the Future Challenge Summit.
41 schools represented by 189 teams presented solutions to the Challenge question: What will you make to protect life on this planet? Teams worked through the Invention Studio program at KID Museum or independently in and outside of school to make prototypes of their ambitious inventions.
Click below for the full recap and thank you to all of the educators, volunteers, school officials, parents, and most of all the students who participated in this year’s Invent the Future Challenge. We can’t wait to see how you will go on to “invent the future.”
- Argyle Middle School: The Trashulizer 3000
- Herbert Hoover Middle School: Safe B Plastics
- Multi-School Team: Detection and mitigation of aflatoxin in crops
- Sidwell Friends School: The Throw and Grow Cup
- Argyle Middle School: Nurd Nechs, Inc.
- Herbert Hoover Middle School: Tri-Disposable Cup
- Robert Frost Middle School: Saltwater Purification
- Silver Spring International Middle School: Design Nation
- Earl B. Wood Middle School: Inventors 101
- Neelsville Middle School: Wind Powered Oven
- Roberto Clemente Middle School: Ultrasonic Algae Shark
- White Oak Middle School: Garden of the Future
- Benjamin Banneker Middle School: Alternative Transportation
- Newport Mill Middle School: Ground-Effect Vehicle
- Sligo Middle School: Dam/Water Filter
- Team Tech Ninjas: Smart Gardener Watering System
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; click here for the complete rubric.
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.