Little Inventors

MISD Mission Blue: Oceans!

What can you invent to help protect our oceans and water resources?

We all know how essential our water resources are and so we need your ideas to help to protect them and to keep them healthy, to help the people whose livelihoods come from working in them, and celebrate all the wonderful creatures which live underwater.

Your ideas can be practical or serious, or wonderfully bonkers! Think big, or small, and send us your ideas. A handful of ideas will be selected to be brought to life by our team of magnificent makers, creators, CGI artists and animators, and we will share as many of your ideas as possible right here on this website.

Take a deep dive with your imagination!

Upload your invention ideas by May 7 2021

MISD Session 1 Get Inventing!

What is inventing? How can you get started? This pack explains what inventing is and gives you all you need to deliver a workshop to get your students inspired and inventing.

MISD Mission Blue: Get Inventing! video

This video supports the Get Inventing! pack above.

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MISD Session 2 Oceans Challenge

With this pack, explore why the oceans matter, sea life and habitats, threats and challenges to ocean health! Challenge your students to create inventions to help tackle these threats. They could be selected to have their invention idea brought to life by professional makers.

MISD Mission Blue: Why the oceans matter video

Video to support the Oceans Challenge pack

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MISD Mission Blue: The vastness of the oceans video

Video to support the Oceans Challenge pack

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MISD Mission Blue: Ocean pollution video

Video to support the Oceans Challenge pack

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MISD Mission Blue: Prototyping activity bottle submarine

This pack gives instructions for making a submarine prototype using cardboard and a bottle. Use this as a starting point to inspire invention ideas or to learn skills to adapt or make other prototypes to show other ideas

MISD Mission Blue: Prototyping activity bottle submarine video

Video to support the prototyping activity pack

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How to enter!

Download an invention pack to get inspired and come up with lots of invention ideas. Draw them down and add as much information about your idea as possible. Finally submit your ideas to this website...

Here’s a handy guide to creating a good submission image:

1. Start with a black outline
2. Add color
3. Label the parts
4. Tell us what the invention is, how it works, and what it’s made of
5. Add the date, your name, age and what your invention is called
6. Take a well-lit, clear photograph of the drawing and upload it.

You can submit more than one invention idea.

Submit invention ideas through our upload page.

  1. Draw your inventionon our Little Inventors worksheet
  2. Scan the *whole* sheetas straight on as possible
  3. Upload it in JPEG, PNG or GIF format (choose a file)

Each invention idea will comprise of an image of a clear drawing, the name, age and location of the inventor, the name of the invention and a description, and a contact email address.

Examples of scanned images

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Terms and conditions

  1. This Challenge is open to all Macomb County residents aged between 9 and 11 years old.
  2. Any individual may upload as many invention ideas as they wish.
  3. All entries must be original and the entrant's own work.
  4. Uploading of an invention drawing should only be done by a responsible adult with appropriate permissions from the inventor and their parent/guardian. Once uploaded, it is in the public domain and visible to anyone who looks at the website to see all the wacky and wonderful ideas.
  5. Only uploaded invention ideas that meet our threshold for quality will be displayed in the online gallery, this includes the relevant text information about the student and the idea. Only ideas in the gallery will be considered for making. The judgment on this threshold is entirely at our discretion and we will not enter into any communications about our decision.
  6. The closing date for submissions is May 7, 2021 at midnight EST.
  7. As the creator you will always own the copyright to your invention drawing, and by uploading it you grant MISD and Little Inventors non-exclusive, worldwide and perpetual rights to use, implement, reproduce and commercialise your content. This means we can use it at exhibits, on our website, and it might even feature in one of our books!
  8. As part of the MISD Missions Blue: Oceans! challenge we will choose some invention ideas to make real, which is a magnificent part of Little Inventors. It is our decision which inventions will be made real and how many.
  9. If your invention is chosen, we will be in touch to involve you in the making process so you can guide how your idea is made real. We will cover all costs, and own the object afterwards whereby it may be used in exhibitions or other Little Inventors activities.
  10. Any activities with the objects made real or their creators are not guaranteed and are liable to change or cancellation at any time, without notice.
  11. Our purpose is to give children the freedom and inspiration to use their imagination and creativity to come up with fantastic, funny and far-out invention ideas.
  12. In order to be involved in the Challenge, you must agree to the rules and conditions above. Therefore, please read these carefully twice and make sure you are happy to continue. By uploading an invention drawing you agree to the rules and conditions here stated.