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Please check back on May 3, 2019, for the announcement of winners!

What Is the Invent It Challenge?

Each year, for the past 7 years, the Invent It Challenge issues a new challenge to young inventors!

This year the Invent It Challenge asks young inventors to use their creativity to create a new tool or technology to enhance the daily lives and activities of older adults.

Both an individual entry and a team entry will be chosen as winners for each age range (5-7, 8-10, 11-13, 14-18).

Participants learn the invention process and leverage their STEM skills in an engaging, practical challenge – every participant is a WINNER.

Why Should You Participate?

For Teachers and Parents

  • Apply STEM skills through the hands-on invention process
  • Leverage high-quality FREE curriculum from the Smithsonian and Cricket Media
  • Motivate learners with global competition and prizes

For Students

  • Learn how to invent – using an engaging, easy-to-follow process
  • Get your invention idea published online
  • Help the world and win great prizes!

How to Participate

Create a video or PowerPoint documenting your progression through the 7-Step Invention Process, as described in the submission template, and submit your entry by the deadline.

Note: Your entry must be relevant to enhancing the daily life of older adults.

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Prizes*

In addition to the amazing Cricket Magazine, Turing Tumble, Unruly Splats, and Bitsbox prizes as well as the Camp Invention® Scholarship, Faber-Castell Art Supplies, Smithsonian Books and Washington D.C. trip, winners will also participate in an informational and educational seminar and one-on-one consultation(s) with U.S. Patent and Trademark Office subject matter experts on the use and importance of protecting their intellectual property through patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets.

* See the Prizing Section of the Official Rules for more information.

Did you know that you can enter both the Invent It Challenge and National Invention Convention? Visit the FAQs and view this Student Guide for more information.

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