KID Museum and MCPS have collaborated to launch the Invent the Future Challenge, which was designed to increase student’s interest in science, technology, math and engineering. The challenge is accomplishing its goal with an exclusively hands-on learning experience, where teams of middle school innovators work together to tackle important environmental issues by researching and developing an invention. Such environmental issues include topics like global warming that are largely prevalent in our society today.
Middle school teams must be between 3-6 members and have an adult coordinator above the age of 18. The invention each team creates does not need to be fully functioning – it can even just be a physical representation of said invention.
No one invention can have more than $60 spent on materials. Additionally, teams can use a Challenge Starter Kit for $30.
The inventions will be presented at the Challenge Summit in May of 2018. Submissions by students are to be judged on Originality, Team Collaboration, Design Process, Potential Impact, and Presentation.
Today’s youth is tomorrow’s future, and giving them the opportunity of a lifetime with this innovative challenge is an experience that no middle school student should take for granted.
To register, visit: http://kid-museum.org/programs/invent-the-future/#register.
Article by MoCo Student staff writer Matthew Minton of Quince Orchard High School