Young Inventor Challenge for Kids Ages 6 – 18

Yesterday, Gwyn guest wrote about her son’s game invention so I figured today would be the perfect time to tell you about The Young Inventor Challenge at The Chicago Toy & Game Fair (ChiTAG,) Saturday, November 19, 2011.

Who can enter?

The challenge is open to boys and girls ages 6 – 18.

What do you do?

Invent an original toy or game. Print out the Inventor Workbook. Register for the ChiTAG Young Inventor Challenge. (Rules and requirements here.) Deadline for entries is October 31, 2011.

Gina Manola sent me these helpful images to help kids think through the steps of the inventing process.

1. Imagine

2. Brainstorm

3. Prototype and 4. Playtest

5. Present

How do you win?

It’s judged by popular vote by the Fair’s attendees and representatives of Hasbro, Mattel, Fundex, Lund and Co. will also be looking over the entries. (*P.S. Boy Scouts participating in the Challenge can qualify for an Entrepreneur Merit Badge.)

Does it cost to enter?

No! Actually, you get free admission for your immediate family to The ChiTAG.

What do you win?

  • Dinner with Mike Hirtle, Head of Global Product Acquisition and Inventor Relations for Hasbro.
  • A feature in Inventor’s Digest.
  • A 1-year subscription to Inventor’s Digest.
  • VIP tour of Lund and Company Invention LLC.
I think this sounds like a blast! Winning would be secondary to the learning and fun that kids would gain from this experience, don’t you think? Also, be sure to download the Inventor Workbook even if you’re not able to apply this year – it’s a great resource and would be helpful in guiding a child’s thinking.
Thank you to Gina Manola of Calico, an award-winning, full service design studio for companies in the toy, game, and educational publishing markets, for sharing this Challenge with me!

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  1. says

    Thanks for promoting the Young Inventor Challenge! We have entries from as far away as India and the UK, plus many others from throughout the USA. It’s a great opportunity for kids to get their games in front of an audience—many key decision makers from top toy/game companies attend the fair and will be taking a look at the games.


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