Little Inventors: Inventions for SPACE is a Canada-wide initiative that challenges children to come up with ingenious ideas that could be developed into an invention to make life in space easier and more fun. The best inventions will be turned into prototypes by Canada’s expert manufacturers and artisans, and showcased in a special exhibition as part of Science Literacy Week in September, 2018. The most imaginative and innovative could make an appearance in space with Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques when he travels to the International Space Station in November, 2018.
Since its inauguration in 2015 in the UK, Little Inventors has inspired children all around the world and sparked their imaginations and use of STEM knowledge. In 2017, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada partnered with Little Inventors for the first Canadian experience. It was a hit with children and teachers—over 500 designs were submitted, 18 of which were brought to life and exhibited coast to coast, including their current location at the Ontario Science Centre. Two Little Inventors even met the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, at a special science fair!
Little Inventors: Inventions for SPACE is open to all elementary school students across Canada up to 15 years of age. Canadian schools and teachers are encouraged to lead the development of ideas in their classrooms and lead their students through the challenge. Fun and interactive lesson plans and workshop materials are available online for all interested schools and parents.
The deadline to participate in this space challenge is by midnight April 13, 2018.
Learn more by visiting: nserc.littleinventors.org.