Students & Families

You have the power to make a difference.

The many environmental problems facing our planet today can seem overwhelming. But don’t get down. Get creative.

Welcome to the Invent the Future Challenge, where each year more than 800 middle schoolers take on some of our planet’s biggest problems and invent real solutions.

You’ll get to work with a team, learn new skills, solve problems creatively, and persist through failure — all skills for the future. Your future.

Be a part of the solution. Invent the future.

Let's get started

Form a team with 3-6 middle school students (6th – 8th grade).

Each team needs an adult Team Coordinator. Coordinators can sponsor multiple teams.

Choose an environmental problem to solve and make a physical representation of your invention (prototypes do not need to be fully functioning).

Don’t spend more than $60 limit on materials.

Present your inventions at the Challenge Summit in May for a chance to win awards and prizes!


Ready for more?

Want to form a Challenge team?
Family members can sponsor a team or share information with their school.

Already on a team?
Invent the Future: Open Build: Join us this spring for a few open build sessions at KID Museum. Use our tools and get some help while fine-tuning your prototypes. Learn More

Save the date for the 2020 Challenge Summit!
Join hundreds of other student inventors at the Summit on May 9th to showcase your work. Present your invention to the community, get inspired by others, enjoy live entertainment, and have your chance to win awards and prizes.

Saturday, May 9th
Paint Branch High School, Burtonsville, MD
10am – 3pm (participating students arrive at 9am)

Invention Inspiration

Looking for some inspiration to help you get started? Here are a few projects that we hope will spark new ideas.
Remember the Challenge asks for prototypes, not necessarily full-sized or fully functioning inventions.

Energy-Saving Streetlight

Energy-Efficient Bottle Car

Trash Collecting Drone

Questions? Call us at 301-897-5437 or email