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17th Annual Young Inventor Challenge

2022 Registration is Closed! 2023 TBA Soon!
Radio Flyer was our host venue this year on November 19th! 

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Watch the 2021 Young Inventor Challenge Awards Show!
2022 to be Posted Soon!

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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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Here's What Happened at our 2022 In-Person & Virtual Fall Challenge

Winners were announced on November 19th at Radio Flyer

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


Here was 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


BEST GAME - Sponsored by Mattel 

Senior Winners: Chicken Scratch by Avalinn Olson (7th grade) of Lebanon, IL and

Ainsley Turkington (8th grade) of Caseyville, IL

Junior Winner: The Flibbertigibbet by Paula Juzenas (4th grade) of Palos Park, IL

Honorable Mention: Micro Golf by John Kampwerth (8th grade) of O’Fallon, IL and Eric Rybak (8th grade) of Collinsville, IL


MOST CREATIVE - Sponsored by Crazy Aaron’s

Senior Winners: Water Bottle Maze by Grant Middleton (8th grade) of O’Fallon, IL and

Jacob Portera (8th grade) of Caseyville, IL

Junior Winner: Flicking Village of Madness by Robert Fala (4th grade) of Palos Heights, IL

Honorable Mention: Rocket Building Spree by Jeremy Dugan (4th grade) of Skokie, IL and

Wilson Emidi (7th grade) of Chicago, IL


BEST PITCH - Sponsored by People Of Play: 

Senior Winners: Rock Paper Scissors Brawl by Max Gramelspacher (5th grade) and

Oliver Middleton (5th grade) of O’Fallon, IL

Junior Winners: Optimism for Autism by Isabella Slack (4th grade) of Palos Park, IL

Honorable Mention: Hide and Beep by Braxton Holland (10th grade) of Trophy Club, TX

Registration is closed for 2022 Challenge! It closed at 12 noon CST, October 31, 2022

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

$25 registration fee. If you registered before October 15, the registration fee was discounted to $15

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!

“Aside from being fun, engaging, and meaningful, the Young Inventor Challenge builds and reinforces sophisticated practices such as critical and creative thinking, problem-solving, and leadership,” she said. “These essential skills are needed to be successful in the 21st century.” -Carrie Martinez, Teacher, Palos Heights, IL

General Questions? Contact Director Jazmine Darden

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

Our Young Inventor Challenge Ambassador Kedar Narayan
Interviews Richard Dickson, President and COO of Mattel! 
And... his Behind the Scenes Tour of Mattel and JMP Creative! 

One of our Young Inventor Challenge Winners!

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Young Inventor Challenge is Accredited! 

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