We’re hosting the latest Kids Invent Stuff challenge – send in your invention ideas!

This month’s Kids Invent Stuff challenge is a big one – giant, in fact!

Kids Invent Stuff are asking children to submit their ideas for single stages of a chain reaction or Rube Goldberg Machine. The ideas will be joined together to create one big machine at the Imagination Lab in November.

How can my family get involved?

Children are encouraged to submit their ideas for inventions as drawings or videos and upload them to the Kids Invent Stuff website. The most creative inventions will be showcased on their channel and built and tested at the Imagination Lab. They need hundreds of ideas to make this mammoth machine so we encourage you to share this with friends, families and your school.

You can download the worksheet for the challenge and get started here. Watch the challenge video below to be inspired by the top Rube Goldberg machines from around the world.

What is a Rube Goldberg machine?

A Rube Goldberg machine is a machine intentionally designed to perform a simple task, using lots of moving parts that work together to complete the action. Often, these machines consist of a series of simple devices that are linked together to produce a domino effect, in which each device triggers the next one, and the original goal is achieved only after many steps.

Who are Kids Invent Stuff?

Kids Invent Stuff is the YouTube channel where 5-11 year olds have the chance to get their invention ideas built by real engineers. Their aim is to give more primary school kids the chance to engage with real engineering projects. We love working with Kids Invent Stuff and you can see an amazing invention which they brought to life last year, Erik’s Jam Rocket, at the Imagination Lab! This awesome invention was the winning concept from their Morning Machines challenge. We can’t wait to welcome them back to the Lab – look out for events inspired by the challenge on our what’s on pages soon.

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