Invention Programs for Kids
Student Ideas for A Better America is a monthly contest open to students (K-8, 9-12) sponsored by the National Museum of Education. Students are asked to think of a new way to demonstrate an educational concept, or an idea for a new product (or an improvement for an existing product or procedure). The best student idea in each division (K-8 and 9-12) each month wins $100. Winning entries may be eligible for inclusion in the FREY Scientific catalog (pages 1-5), students would receive royalties.
Invention Contest of Inventive Kids
Inventive Kids Contest
401 Richmond St. W. Suite 228
Toronto, ON, Canada, M5V 3A8
By KIDS For KIDS™ is a company that often hosts invention contests and often works with kids on development of their. There's no charge for the help. They cosponsored an invention contest with Staples in 2006. Check out their website for current activities. www.bkfk.com
National Museum of Education Invention Programs
Challenge List A program for which participants must be members of the Partnership for America's Future Inc., the administering organization. Challenges include problem areas that would benefit by invention, i.e. bike safety at night, unwanted birds. Challenges also include calls for non-invention activities including explanations of educational concepts. Winners who create an idea for a new way to demonstrate an educational concept may receive royalties on their idea if it is chosen for inclusion in the Frey Scientific Catalog.
Student Ideas for A Better America is a monthly contest open to students (K-8, 9-12). Students are asked to think of a new way to demonstrate an educational concept, or an idea for a new product (or an improvement for an existing product or procedure). The best student idea in each division (K-8 and 9-12) each month wins $100. Winning entries may be eligible for inclusion in the FREY Scientific catalog (pages 1-5), students would receive royalties.
National Gallery for America’s Young Inventors is open to student inventors is open (K-12) who been a finalist in a national competition, have gained a patent or have a device that is being manufactured. For more info, check out the Gallery on http://www.nmoe.org or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Programs for Teams
Christopher Columbus Awards
This program is sponsored by the Christopher Columbus Foundation in cooperation with the National Science Foundation. With the help of an adult coach, sixth through eighth-grade students work in teams of three or four, identify a community issue and use science and technology then develop an innovative solution by doing research and consulting with experts including scientists, business people, and legislators. Prizes include all-expense paid trips for eight finalists team and their coaches to Walt Disney World® to attend National Championship Week, plus a $200 grant to further develop their ideas. One team receives a $25,000 grant as seed money to help bring its idea to life in the community.
ExploraVision E-colocator Gloves
Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards
eCYBERMISSION, an online competition sponsored by the U.S. Army, asks students to use math, science and technology to solve a community problem. Open to students enrolled in either 6th, 7th, 8th or 9th grade at U.S.-based public or private school, a Department of Defense (DOD) school abroad, a U.S.-based home school or home school students taught by U.S. citizens. Prizes include U.S. savings bonds ranging in value up to $5,000.
InvenTeams is a national Lemelson-MIT Program that provides grants of $10,000 to teams of high school students working with teachers and industry mentors. The goal of the teams is to invent something of value for their school or local community.