YOUNG INVENTOR SPRING CHALLENGE WINNERS ANNOUNCED!


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THE CHICAGO TOY AND GAME GROUP’S YOUNG INVENTOR CHALLENGE WINNERS INCLUDE EVERYTHING FROM BATTLING PUZZLEBOTS TO AN INVENTION THAT HELPS KIDS SAFELY HIGH-FIVE IN THE AGE OF COVID-19

CHICAGO, IL (July 22, 2020) -- The Chicago Toy & Game Group, along with sponsors Mattel, Magformers, Scholastic and the American Specialty Retailer Association (ASTRA) are proud to announce the winners of the CHITAG Young Inventor Challenge: Spring Edition. Launched in May in response to COVID-19, this special edition of CHITAG’s annual fall Young Inventors Challenge gave kids the opportunity to develop their own original toy and game ideas, and pitch them to toy and game industry heavyweights with the possibility of their concept being manufactured and sold on store shelves.

CLICK HERE to View a HIghlight Reel of Spring Young Inventor Challenge Winners

Inventor relations executives from Mattel and Magformers chose both a senior and junior winner.

Mattel’s Picks:

Senior Winner:

Color Code by Andrew Hebdon

5th Grader from Forest, VA

Junior Winner:

Cooking Collision by Analise Potsander

3rd Grader from Goshen, IN

Magformers’ Picks:

Senior Winner:

PuzzleBots by Weston Aram

7th Grader from LaGrange, IL

Junior Winner:

Slap Happy by Emery Alderson

3rd grader from Horsham, PA

Each winner will receive a $250 prize package of the latest toys and games. Entrants were given access to CHITAG’s Young Inventor Design Guide which gives step-by-step instructions on how to develop an idea into a marketable concept. Kids 6-18 then submitted videos pitching their original toys and games. Professional inventors gave constructive feedback and chose the winners.

We are always amazed at the ingenuity and creativity of the kids who enter the YIC,” said Leila Nosrati, the director of the Young Inventor Challenge. “This year’s spring challenge winners went all out creating detailed prototypes that rival some of the ones that I’ve seen in the professional toy and game industry.”

Past winners of the Young Inventor Challenge have gone on to strike deals with major toy and game companies including Goliath Games and PlayMonster to see their inventions licensed, manufactured and sold in stores across the country, including Target.

The Young Inventor Challenge is currently accepting entries for the fall competition. The deadline is October 31st. For more information go to https://www.chitag.com/yic

The Chicago Toy and Game Group is also looking for sponsors for the upcoming Young Inventor Challenge. For more information, contact mcouzin@chitag.com.

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About the Chicago Toy & Game Group, Inc.

The Chicago Toy & Game Group, Inc. oversees toy industry initiatives designed to encourage and promote the power of play and invention in social, educational, and professional environments. Chicago Toy & Game (CHITAG) Group initiatives include the Chicago Toy & Game (CHITAG) Fair, the Toy & Game International Excellence (TAGIE) Awards, the Young Inventor Challenge, the New Inventor Conference, the Professional Inventors Conference, Play in Education Conference, and the Chicago Toy & Game (CHITAG) Foundation.

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