Mention the Invention Global Contest

August 1 - October 31, 2017

Are you an innovator with a mind for engineering? Put your creativity to use for a good cause. Enter our Mention the Invention contest. Create something that uses the list of materials below, then post a short video of your invention to Facebook and use #MeantToInvent.

Three winners will be selected each week and will receive a t-shirt. Each month a grand prize winner will have $500 donated to his or her local FIRST® program or United Way. The contest runs August 1 to October 31, 2017.

Materials List

You may use any of the materials on this list to create your invention, but you do not need to use them all. Use other tools, such as scissors, to help build your invention, but they may not be part of your invention.

  • Paper Clips
  • Metal Hanger (1)
  • Duct Tape
  • Plastic Bottle (1 any size)
  • Bottle Tops
  • Pencils
  • Rubber Bands
  • Magnet (1)
  • String/Yarn/Thread/Rope
  • Clothespins
  • Drinking Straws
  • Glue/Poster Tack/Glue Dots/Blue Tack
  • Cereal Box (1)
  • Soda Can (1)
  • Spoon/Fork/Butter knife
  • Paper
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Saran Wrap

Bonus Items for September:

  • Ruler and mason jar


Celebrate innovation in style! Weekly winners will receive a t-shirt from the pictured collection. Make a difference in your community. Each month a grand prize winner will have $500 donated to his or her local FIRST program or United Way.


FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) provides after-school, mentor-based programs for young people that cross socio-economic, race, and gender boundaries to build science, engineering, and technology skills.

Learn More About FIRST

United Way

United Way changes lives and improves our community by mobilizing people and resources to drive strategic impact in:

  • Education: Helping children and youth achieve their potential
  • Income: Promoting financial stability and independence
  • Health: Providing basic needs and improving people’s health & safety

Learn More About United Way

Make Your Invention Compelling

Consider these elements when you shape future innovations:

  • What is your invention's purpose?
  • How would your invention help people?
  • Does your invention solve a problem?

Motivation from Engineers

Need some inspiration? Get insight form engineers on how to make your innovative ideas a reality.


Contest Rules and Judging Criteria

Review the Mention the Invention contest rules and judging criteria. Ready, set, invent! #MeantToInvent