A Mentor and a Group of Inventors from the 2019 YIC | Source: People of Play

Kids are welcome to put their creativity to the test in this year’s Young Inventor Challenge (YIC). Hosted by People of Play (POP), the contest invites kids ages 6-18 to develop and construct a unique game or toy.

Using imaginative and STEM skills, participants can work individually or in teams to bring their playful visions to life. Sponsored by Goliath, Mattel, HABA, New Key Pet, and Crazy Aaron’s, the YIC presents an opportunity for kids to get an inside look into the toy industry and receive mentorship from professionals.

Contestants can create a 3-4 minute video in which they pitch their idea to the judges. They will also have to submit a working prototype of their game or toy that clearly demonstrates the invention’s functionality. POP will announce the contest winners at the virtual award ceremony on Nov. 20, and each winner will receive $250 worth of toys. There will be individual winners for the following categories: Most Marketable, Most Sustainable, Best Game, Best Presentation, and Most Fun Pet Toy.

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In the past, winners of the Young Inventor Challenge have used their imaginations to construct cooking challenges, robot mazes, and even zero-contact sportsmanship toys. Visit peopleofplay.com for resources detailing enrollment criteria and design guidelines.

Little engineers have until Oct. 31 to register for the event for $15 here. Anyone currently enrolled in some form of elementary or secondary education (public, private, charter, or home school) is eligible to enter.