Invention Project

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Invention Project

Get Ready for STEM-themed Invention Project 2020

Registration for Invention Project 2019 has closed, but there's plenty of time to get on the list for details and updates about next year's fun-packed STEM day summer camp!

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What's Invention Project all about?

Dive into the world of innovation with Invention Project®, a day summer camp for middle school students who are aspiring inventors and entrepreneurs. STEM activities abound! Explore circuitry, energy, bioengineering and economics as you design high-tech prototypes that solve real-world issues. Develop an effective business model, build your brand, pitch your plan to investors and take your invention to market! Hosted in partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF).

  • Open to students entering grades 6-9.
  • Dates for 2020 to be announced this fall.
  • Limited to 25 students. Fee: $295.

In Invention Project, students participate in different daily activities. You will:

  • Receive inspiration from NIHF Inductees, such as Post-it® Notes co-inventor Spencer Silver and a transportation device challenge from Steadicam® inventor Garrett Brown.
  • Become inspired by the work of Nike® co-founder and NIHF Inductee William Bowerman to develop innovative shoes and then enter a mock free-market economy.
  • Explore circuitry basics as you design and challenge your own motor-powered creatures and meet H.E.R.A.L.D., a search and rescue robot made by collegiate inventors.

Although the business deals are simulated, the skills, friendships and fun are real. It all takes place in an environment that inspires and supports individuality. UW-River Falls Continuing Education is proud to offer this summer program for middle school students who are into STEM subjects.

When Invention Project comes to an end, innovators won’t have a patent, but they’ll have the skills and confidence to make anything possible in the future.

For additional information, send an email to or call 715-425-3261.

Invention Project STEM summer camp for middle school students

To see Invention Project in action, check out the video.

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