All of us at KID Museum were so impressed with the quality of the 60 toy design entries we received for Toy 2.0 Challenge!  Thank you to all that participated.

Our semi-finalists are working with their mentors over the summer to fine-tune their design ideas and create prototypes, in preparation for the next round of judging, at Maker Faire Silver Spring in September.  Meet some of the young inventors in this KidsPost article!

See more information about Toy 2.0 Challenge.

KID Museum is thrilled to announce the semi-finalists for Toy 2.0 Challenge (in alphabetical order) below:

  1. “EPin” by Elizabeth Vicarte of Hagerstown, MD
  2. “G-Spider” by Sebastien Sviatyi of Rockville, MD
  3. “Hyper Hedgehogs” by Miranda McMillen of Downingtown, PA
  4.  “MANEUVER!” by Chandler Wimmer of McLean, VA
  5. “Mood Balloons” by Ben Spector of Herndon, VA
  6. “Para-Pigeon” by Oliver Foley of Hyattsville, MD
  7. “Peek-a-Plant” by Stephanie and Elizabeth Vicarte of Hagerstown, MD
  8. “Treasure Hunt” by Alex Fisher of Bethesda, MD
  9. “The Sparrow” by Christian Brown of Silver Spring, MD
  10.  “Vectorb” by Stephanie Vicarte of Hagerstown, MD

Congratulations to the semi-finalists and thank you to all who took part! Each design submission was judged independently by 3 judges plus a representative from Innovation First International (the makers of HEX Bugs) to produce the final score. Our judges had a tough time–there were so many great submissions. Now it’s on to the prototyping stage!

Toy 2.0 Challenge — from Idea Lab to the next cool toy!

What makes a “cool” toy? And how can you design one? KID Museum offers lots of ways to get the creative juices flowing. At our kick-off event (Toy 2.0 Idea Lab, held Saturday April 25th) hundreds of local kids worked with artists and inventors at different stations with a variety of tools and materials, and learned how to use special equipment like 3D printers and woodshop machinery. They also heard from Bob Mimlitch, creator of HEXBUGS, about what goes into toy making and how design entries will be judged.  (View his presentation here.)

Maker Studio Wednesdays at KID is another great opportunity to come in and work on your idea. Maker educators will be here to answer your questions and help you with tools, materials and equipment.  And every Saturday and Sunday, KID Museum is open from 10 am to 5 pm with open explore activities, special programming and inventors on hand to guide you. Our toy-making stations will remain open throughout the month.

After the initial round of judging, ten semi-finalists were selected to advance to the phototyping phase on June 15.  KID Museum will offer a series of design/build mentoring sessions to help the semi-finalists refine their concepts, test user experiences and prototype final designs.

The ten semi-finalists will present their prototypes at Maker Faire Silver Spring, KID Museum’s signature event, on September 20, 2015. Maker Faire attendees will have an opportunity to vote on what they think are the most promising designs, and at the close of the Faire, the top three finalists will be announced.

Design entries were due May 25, 2015. Kids age ten to eighteen entered the challenge as individuals or in teams with up to 5 members.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three designs:  $3,000 for first place, $1,000 for second place and $500 for third.  The final three designs will be presented to Innovation First International to determine the top winner.

Innovation First International will choose the winner in early October, and the winning design will have the chance to be sold in toy stores across the country!

Photos from Toy 2.0 Idea Lab, April 25

No one knows what appeals to kids like kids themselves and we can’t wait to see the innovative ideas that emerge from the challenge.

Cara Lesser, KID Museum founder and Executive Director

HEXBUG has been a leader in putting technology in the hands of kids with our robotic toys, and today we invite kids to partner with us on inventing the next generation toy.

Bob Mimlitch, co-founder and CTO of Innovation First International