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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
A contest open to any kid age 7-12 from any country.  You can enter by yourself or get your friends or class to work on a group project.   The challenge is to create something to help the enviroment, safety, or make everyday jobs easier.  Last year's contest began February 1st and closed on May 1st.  The two most creative ideas will each win a $50 gift voucher from Mastermind Toys http://www.mastermindtoys.com/, The winning entries will be featured on the Inventive Kids website!

To find out about the 2007 contest, keep checking on http://www.inventivekids.com or send an email to contest@inventivekids.com or a letter to:
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: info@nmoe.org

Programs for Teams

Christopher Columbus Awards
This prize-winning team from Bexley Middle School won first place in the Christopher Columbus Awards for their method of composting road-kill. 

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.

Email:  Contact: success@edumedia.com
http://www.christophercolumbusawards.com/

ExploraVision
E-colocator Gloves
With their coach, three students middle school students from John Burroughs School in St. Louis, MO, won First Place in the Exploravision competition for their E-colocator Gloves, ones that could be worn by meat handlers and restaurant workers that change color when meat infected with E. coli bacteria is detected. 

ExploraVision a competition sponsored by Toshiba and the National Science Teachers Association, open to students in grades K-12, asks students to study a present technology, envision its future and present their findings on a website.  Winning teams receive U.S. EE Savings Bonds ranging in value from $10,000 to $2,500 and national finalist team members and their parents travel to Washington, D.C. in June for ExploraVision Awards Weekend.

Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards
1840 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22201-3000
For information, call 1-800-EXPLOR9
e-mail: exploravision@nsta.org or visit http://www.exploravision.org

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.

email: missioncontrol@ecybermission.com
http://www.ecybermission.com

TOYchallenge
The Wave Riders Team won first place in Toy Challenge for designing a new shape for a boogie board so that it moves well through the waves.  It also has a sensor in the nose.  A parent on shore can activate a device that makes the sensor on the board light up. 

TOYchallenge
is open to teams of kids in grades 5-8 in the U.S. and its territories or possessions.  Astronaut Sally Ride along with Smith College and Hasbro sponsor this contest.  Teams must have 3-8 members (at least half of them must be girls) must work with a coach—teachers, business people, community members--who is at least 18 years of age.  The goal is to create and design an interactive learning toy or game.  Five teams at each Regional Showcase will receive $250 to go toward showing off their toy at the National Showcase. 

www.toychallenge.com

The goal of the Field Burner team from Moscow High School in Moscow, Idaho was to create a machine that would prevent fire hazards and eliminate smoke so that farmers could safely burn their fields in preparation for upcoming seasons.

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.  

The Lemelson-MIT Program
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Ave., Room E60-215
Cambridge, MA 02139
617-253-3352
email: inventeam@mit.edu
http://web.mit.edu/invent/www/InvenTeam/

 

 

 

 
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