How it Works

Invent the Summer for Camps!
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Camps & Groups

***NOTE: The video says you can win a $250 cash prize for your camp,
but we've increased the prize to $1,000!!!***

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Free STEM curriculum for kid-based organizations and a chance to win a $1,000 cash prize! 

We provide weekly engineering challenges for individuals and groups. All of our challenges are created by kids, for kids - so they are guaranteed to be fun. Our challenges:

  • introduce kids to engineering in a fun and engaging way.

  • inspire teamwork, creativity and problem-solving.

  • use free/inexpensive, easily accessible materials.

  • offer easy-to-follow rules.

Kids can compete individually or in small teams. Kids in camps and groups are eligible to receive the same individual prizes as those completing the challenges from home, but they can also earn a prize for your group!

See a sample challenge video here.

Two Ways to Participate:

1. Unregistered Groups

  • If you don't have time for the challenges during the camp/program day, encourage your participants to complete the challenges on their own at home.

  • Everyone who enters our challenges will be given the opportunity to name their group on our weekly entry forms.

  • Be sure your participants give your group credit each week, then keep an eye on our leaderboards to see how you are doing!

2. Registered Groups

  • Registered groups will receive a TOP SECRET challenge package via email by June 20th. This package will contain the rules and suggested materials for all of our weekly challenges so you can prepare in advance.

  • Groups will receive a TOP SECRET link to the weekly challenge video on Monday mornings by 6am.

Note: challenges will not be released to the general public until Wednesdays, so please share only with your group.

  • Your group may work individually or in teams of 2-3* to create a solution to the challenge.

  • Take a short video of each solution, and upload the videos with your entry form by 9pm on Sunday.

NEW THIS YEAR: You no longer need to upload the videos to YouTube or Vimeo. Just upload the original video files on our form! It can't get any easier. Note: anyone with an internet connection will be able to see these videos, so be sure to get a waiver from parents. 

  • Groups will be eligible to win the same weekly and end-of-summer prizes as kids working from home, so be sure to vote for your favorite solutions and encourage your families to do the same!

* Larger teams may compete in the challenges, but prizes awarded may be limited in number or in choice. 

Earn a $1,000 cash prize!​

Our Group of the Summer will receive a $1,000 cash prize for engineering and maker space supplies. The Group of the Summer will be selected by our Junior Board of Engineers based on the following criteria:

  • Number of challenges your group enters

  • Creativity

  • Camp/Group Spirit    

Testimonials

"Incorporating Invent the Summer into our camp last year was such an enriching experience for our campers. It was so great to see them work together with their peers to achieve the goals from each challenge given weekly. We saw students think outside the box, use teamwork, and the aspiring leaders of their generation."

-Amanda Michaud, Farmington EXCL Camp Coordinator 

"Last summer, our camp participated in Invent the Summer challenges. Students were actively engaged in their planning and creating stages and showed creativity, collaboration, and their imagination with their peers."

-Sydney Magaldi, Camp Mentor, EXCL Summer camp  

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