Invent It Challenge


Think about a real-world environmental issue and come up with a planet-friendly

What is the Invent It Challenge?

The Invent It Challenge is an annual competition that inspires students around the world to unleash their inner inventor! Using Smithsonian’s Spark!Lab Invention Process, students brainstorm new inventions to solve global problems. For the 2017 Challenge, participants will focus their minds and talent on generating new solutions to environmental problems such as water scarcity, climate change, air pollution, water pollution, endangered species, invasive species and natural resource loss.

Who can join the Challenge?

Young inventors aged 5 to 21, either individually or on teams, compete in four age divisions: Ages 5-7 ● Ages 8 to 10 ● Ages 11 to 13 ● Ages 14 to 21

What are the prizes?

In addition to the awesome LEGO, Smithsonian Books and Cricket Magazine prizes, Nelson Mullins offers a patent consultation to winners, to help turn winning ideas into patented real-world solutions.

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