Welcome, Young Inventors!
Everyone can invent and the Dr. InBae Yoon Spark!Lab Invention Challenge is a fun way to learn the invention process by actually creating something new that matters to the world, either by yourself or with a team of friends!
Whether this is your first time inventing or your 100th, this Challenge is for you.
Use the site to learn about the invention process from experts at Smithsonian and share your creativity with the world by creating an invention that enhances the daily lives and activities of older adults.
Simply follow the steps below to create your invention and submit your entry by April 5, 2019.
You could win amazing prizes and change the world!
Use the step-by-step video lessons to learn about the 7 steps of the Invention Process!
Step 1: Think It
Step 2: Explore It
Step 3: Sketch It
Step 4: Create It
Step 5: Try It
Step 6: Tweak It
Step 7: Sell It
Use the Student Guide learn more about the Challenge, the 7-Step Invention Process, and how to submit your entry!
Review the Submission Template for 2019. Whether you end up submitting a PowerPoint or Video, the Submission Template will guide you through documenting how you use the 7-Step Invention Process to develop your invention idea!
Inventing is a social process. Take advantage the opportunity to learn from and with others, by hopping over to the Community Page where you can access blogs written by Smithsonian experts as well as chat directly with other student inventors as well as winners from previous years!
When you’ve completed all 7 steps and you’ve used the Submission Checklist to make sure you’re ready, it’s time to submit!