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 programming supports this mission for kids from elementary school through high school.

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Challenge Participants

We encourage kids 12 and under to be innovative and creative through a series of fun engineering challenges. Our friendly competition allows kids to engage with, learn from and celebrate each other throughout the summer. Learn more.

Student Ambassadors

Our Student Ambassadors are challenge participants who help us spread the word about Invent the Summer to their friends, schools and youth organizations during the school year. Ambassadors get a sneak peek at what it's like to be on the Junior Board of Engineers, and have an opportunity to appear in a winner announcement video during the summer. Learn more.

Junior Board of Engineers

Kids in 7th and 8th grades can apply to be part of our Junior Board of Engineers. The Jr Board works throughout the school year to spread the word about Invent the Summer, design the challenges, write the rules and scripts, and perform in the videos. Learn more.

Senior Board of Engineers

Our Senior Board of Engineers are high school students who have previously served on the Junior Board. These kids serve as mentors to the Junior Board. They also help with video creation, budgeting, marketing and fundraising efforts.