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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 over 1,000 middle school students, families, educators, and community members to invent solutions to the question:

What will you make to protect life on this planet?

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

This year, the Challenge has gone virtual, delivering the same deep learning experiences in a new format.

How you can participate

The Invent the Future Challenge is a true community collaboration between KID Museum, schools, local businesses, County 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.



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



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


Volunteer & Judge

Lend your expertise as a judge at the virtual culminating events in  May. We are looking for professionals from a range of fields to support students in this design challenge. Click here to get all the details.


The future is in your hands!

Experience the impact of KID Museum’s Invent the Future Challenge through the eyes of four middle school girls and their teacher.

Join us at the Challenge Summit

Join us, virtually, for the Challenge Summit on June 3, 2021.

Don’t miss the exciting culminating event of the Invent the Future Challenge.

Join family, friends, and community members (including education, business, and government leaders) to celebrate student inventors.

Team inventions will be judged by professionals from organizations around the community — with awards presented in various categories.


Challenge Summit 2019
Photo Credit: Edwin Remsberg Photography

In partnership with

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.