About Us

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Identify a problem and invent a solution. That’s what we’re all about. 

Peter’s problem was that he was bored on a cold winter Saturday. No hockey games, no practices, no birthday parties. It was miserable outside, so he was stuck inside. 

He plopped himself on his bed to read a book, then realized how dark his room was. So he got off his bed, walked across the room and flipped the light switch. That flip of the switch turned on his engineering brain. Instead of going back to his book, he ran downstairs for supplies and spent the rest of the day inventing a way to turn his light on and off from the comfort of his bed. 

He tried several potential solutions, most of which failed miserably. But he learned from each mishap and refined his method and materials until he got it just right.

At dinner that night, the family talked about the coming summer. We like to spend our summers exploring new ideas and activities that we don’t have time for during the hectic school year. Want to try a new instrument or hobby, or give musical theater a shot? Summer is the perfect time. 

Peter wondered if he could try to start his own business or website. We brainstormed ideas and talked about how any new business should solve a problem… sort of like an invention.

And suddenly, the idea was born. He would build a website around summer engineering and invention challenges. It would solve a problem for kids who are bored and for parents who can never seem to come up with an interesting activity. Everyone in the family liked the idea and everyone wanted a role in the project. 

 

So we set a budget - the equivalent of two weeks of camp - and got to work. We launched Invent the Summer as a family project in 2019 and it was such a great experience that we decided we wanted to make it bigger and better. We turned Invent the Summer into a nonprofit organization and formed a Junior Board of Engineers to help us further our mission of inspiring the next generation of creative thinkers, innovators, and entrepreneurs.

 

All of our challenges have been tested by the Junior Board and they have all been “fun” certified. Remember: we are learning, so please give us feedback and ideas.

 

We cannot wait to get started and hope that you will join us as we Invent the Summer!

Our Mission
 

Invent the Summer was created by kids, for kids. We inspire creativity, resourcefulness, innovation, problem solving, and leadership by engaging kids in design and engineering challenges throughout the summer. We aim to help kids discover how much fun engineering, inventing, and problem solving can be. Our mission is to inspire the next generation of innovators, engineers and entrepreneurs. Our program supports this mission for kids from elementary school through high school.

Junior Board of Engineers
 

Babitha

Favorite Activities:

  • Coding

  • Soccer

  • Drawing

  • Crafting

Favorite Food:

  • Still deciding!

Favorite Subject:

  • History

Here's something interesting:

  • I can write in Calligraphy and cursive.

Harshit

Favorite Activities:

  • Tennis

  • Swimming​

  • Coding

  • Engineering

Favorite Food:

  • Still deciding

Favorite Subject:

  • Pre-Algebra

Here's something interesting:

  • I like to go hiking.

Brooke

Favorite Activities:

  • Gaming

  • Sewing

  • Reading

  • Hip Hop Dance

Favorite Food:

  • Mac & Cheese

Favorite Subject:

  • APE - Applied Physics & Engineering 

Here's something interesting:

  • I can touch my nose with my tongue!

Jane

Favorite Activities:

  • Dancing

  • Singing

  • Theater

Favorite Food:

  • Pasta

Favorite Subject:

  • Spanish

Here's something interesting:

  • I like to skateboard.

Caleb

Favorite Activities:

  • Soccer

  • Read

Favorite Food:

  • Pizza

Favorite Subject:

  • Language Arts

Here's something interesting:

  • I once read for over 7 hours in one day.

Peter

Favorite Activities:

  • Hockey

  • Lacrosse

  • Coding

  • Fishing

Favorite Food:

  • Chicken Pot Pie

Favorite Subject:

  • APE - Applied Physics & Engineering

Here's something interesting:

  • I can ride a unicycle.

Board of Directors

Krissy Mok

Jessica Jusseaume

Lori Tomkiewicz

Simon Evans

Mike Moriarty