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 1500 students from 41 area schools have experienced 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, MCPS STEM teacher
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, MCPS STEM teacher
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
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. In 2018-2019 we had 189 teams from 41 schools.