Educators

Welcome to the Invent the Future Challenge — one of the region’s largest annual science, design, and invention challenges for middle schoolers!

Thanks to dedicated educators like you, over 800 students from 41 area schools will experience this unique learning opportunity, with numbers growing each year.

What does this mean for my students?
“The kids who have been through Invent the Future are more likely to take risks in the classroom. They see themselves as problem-solvers.”
– Stephanie Seo Gould, STEM & Science Teacher at Parkland Middle School

Students who participate in the Challenge gain much more than technical skills. They learn to work collaboratively, be critical thinkers, and persist through failure. They learn that they can make an impact on the world around them.

What does this mean for me?
“This program has given me a new passion for teaching. I’ve done Invent the Future for three years, and now I can’t imagine teaching without having this experience as part of it.”
– Jo Belyea-Doerrman, Neelsville Middle School

Teachers report that this program has reenergized them, opening up a new way to teach and inspire kids to learn.

Why is this important?
“The Invent the Future Challenge gives students an opportunity to experience something that they would not be able to experience in a regular classroom.”
– Adam Striegel, Media Services Specialist at Parkland Middle School

Who participates?
Teams come from all over Montgomery County and beyond. Almost every MCPS school has at least one participating team. Private schools and parent-led teams (that may combine students from different schools) are also represented. Last year, we had 189 teams from 41 schools.

Let's get started

Step 1: Build your team(s). Each team is made up of 3-6 middle school students (6th – 8th grade) and needs an adult Team Coordinator. Coordinators can sponsor multiple teams.

Step 2: Teams choose an environmental problem to solve and design a prototype. (The prototype does not need to be fully functioning but must communicate their concept.)

Step 3: Create the final product. Don’t spend more than $60 on materials per team!

Step 4: Teams present their inventions at the Challenge Summit in May for a chance to win awards and prizes!

Ready for more?

Click on the buttons below to access your Team Resources, including the Invent the Future Challenge Guide.

MCPS EDUCATORS
EDUCATORS (NON MCPS)

Questions? Contact us at inventhefuture@kid-museum.org.

PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS

Argyle Magnet
Benjamin Banneker
Briggs Chaney
Cabin John
Clemente
Eastern
Forest Oak
Gaithersburg
Herbert Hoover
Julius West
Key
King
Kingsview
Lakelands Park
Lee
Loiederman
Montgomery Village
Neelsville
Newport Mill
Parkland
Pyle
Redland
Rosa Parks
Shady Grove
Silver Creek
Silver Spring International
Sligo
Tilden
White Oak
Wood