Challenge Summit

You made it!

Don’t miss the Challenge Summit, the exciting culminating event of the Invent the Future Challenge!

On Saturday, May 9th, more than 800 students from 41 area middle schools will showcase their innovative answers to the question: What will you make to protect life on this planet?

Join family, friends, and community members (including education, business, and government leaders) to celebrate student inventors, hear inspirational speakers, and enjoy live entertainment.

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

Photo Credit: Edwin Remsberg Photography


May 9, 2020 | Paint Branch High School

9:00am Teams arrive
10:00am Judging begins

Families & Community
1:00pm Community Showcase
2:00pm Awards & Entertainment

Summit 2020 Keynote Speaker & Musical Guest:
Sam Alemayehu (Keynote)
Pitch & Flow

Summit Registration

Registration for the Challenge Summit will be opening in March.

Check back soon for more details!


2019 Award Winners


  • Argyle Middle School: The Trashulizer 3000
  • Herbert Hoover Middle School: Safe B Plastics
  • Multi-School Team: Detection and mitigation of aflatoxin in crops
  • Sidwell Friends School: The Throw and Grow Cup


  • Argyle Middle School: Nurd Nechs, Inc.
  • Herbert Hoover Middle School: Tri-Disposable Cup
  • Robert Frost Middle School: Saltwater Purification
  • Silver Spring International Middle School: Design Nation


  • Earl B. Wood Middle School: Inventors 101
  • Neelsville Middle School: Wind Powered Oven
  • Roberto Clemente Middle School: Ultrasonic Algae Shark
  • White Oak Middle School: Garden of the Future

Judges’ Choice

  • Benjamin Banneker Middle School: Alternative Transportation
  • Newport Mill Middle School: Ground-Effect Vehicle
  • Sligo Middle School: Dam/Water Filter
  • Team Tech Ninjas: Smart Gardener Watering System