The Smithsonian's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation Beanie illustration

HomeAbout SparkLabActivities and experimentsInventor profilesResources

SparkLab logo

  Activities & Experiments

gears icon

The Spark!Lab Invention Contest is simple: gather some used plastic bags, use them to create a useful or whimsical invention, snap a photo and email it to us (along with your name, age, and hometown) to before July 20th. If you are under 13, you must have parental permission to submit your photo.

A team of Smithsonian invention experts will pick the winners, to be announced by July 30. The winning inventors will receive a special Spark!Lab T-shirt, and all entrants will have their invention photos posted on the Spark!Lab website!

Download this rules as a PDF »