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Check out last year’s award winners and participating schools.

What is the Invent the Future Challenge?

The Invent the Future Challenge 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 you can participate

The Invent the Future Challenge 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 Challenge process.


Students & Families

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



Position your organization as a leader in innovation and inspire the next generation to invent the future.


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Volunteer & Judge

Lend your expertise as a judge at culminating events in January and May.


The future is in your hands!

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

Challenge Celebration

January 21, 2023 & June 3, 2023

In the coming year, over 1,000 students will go through the process of designing their own inventions. They will learn to innovate, solve problems, and collaborate with others — all skills they’ll need to one day invent the future.

Join us to celebrate the amazing achievements of these student inventors.

More information about these celebrations coming soon.


Challenge Summits: 2019 & 2022
Photo Credit: Edwin Remsberg Photography

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