17th Annual Young Inventor Challenge

2022 Registration is Closed for this Year! 
Radio Flyer is our venue host this year on November 19th! 

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Watch the 2021 Young Inventor Challenge Awards Show!

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Show your game or toy idea to major toy companies, receive valuable feedback on your invention, and maybe even win prizes and have it considered for publishing! It is easy and fun! 

2022 Young Inventor Challenge Registration is closed for this year! 

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2022 In-Person & Virtual Fall Challenge

Winners Announced November 19th at Radio Flyer

Young inventors in person receive Thinking Putty from Crazy Aaron's! 


Here is the Schedule for the Day!!! 

12-1pm Young Inventors set up and the judges and mentors meet

1-3pm Kids present to the judges and mentors 

3-4pm Vote tallying while kids get tours around Radio Flyer, group photo in front of giant RF wagon

4pm Awards ceremony

Here's What Happened in 2021

Press Release of Winners for Fall 2021 HERE!

Registration is open for 2022 Challenge! It will close at 12 noon CST, October 31, 2022

Deadline to submit all entry materials is 12 noon November 7, 2022

$25 registration fee. If you register before October 15, the registration fee is discounted to $15

2021 Categories Were:

Best Game by Mattel
Most Marketable Sponsored by Goliath
Most Creative Sponsored by Crazy Aaron's Puttyworld
Most Innovative Pet Toy Sponsored by New Key Pet LLC
Most Sustainable Toy or Game sponsored by HABA
Most Innovative Toy or Game by Spin Master

Our Mission is to inspire the next generation to use creativity, critical thinking, and STEAM skills in the invention and innovation process and to connect professionals within the toy and game industry to mentor these young innovators in their design process.

The 15th Annual Young Inventor Challenge, provides an opportunity for children ages 6 to 18 to develop and pitch their original inventions to major toy and game companies, industry professionals, members of the media and general public. This unique and educational experience ignites imagination, creativity and presentation skills like no other, providing a means of taking these inventions to greater heights, with professional critiques from our industry experts.

We are the only young inventor program that has sponsorship and mentoring participation from top toy and game manufacturers around the world. Many of the winning inventions have been licensed by these global companies and can be found on store shelves today!

General Questions? Contact Director Jazmine Darden

Interested in being a Mentor/Judge? Contact Mentor/Judge Liaison Alicia Alexander

One of our Young Inventor Challenge Winners!

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Young Inventor Challenge is STEM.org Accredited! 

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