A Word of Advice

START Teachers

We know you’re excited to enter this year’s Challenge, so we’ve asked a few teachers and parents whose students have either won or earned an Honorable Mention in past Challenges to share their experiences with you. Pat Genovese Teacher, California For more than ten years, my kindergarten students have participated in the Spark!Lab Invent It Challenge. Our overarching theme, Kids Can Make a Difference in our World, is integrated across curriculum areas throughout the year. My Unit by Design, Kids are Scientists and Inventors, not…

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Learn about Dr. InBae Yoon


On December 6, the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center and Cricket Media launched their 9th annual invention competition. Not only does it offer students the opportunity to develop important skills like problem solving, critical thinking, and collaboration, this year the challenge also honors the legacy of an inspiring inventor. Dr. InBae Yoon (1936-2014) was a Korean American inventor who passionately believed—like we do—that everyone is inventive…

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