February 1, 2018
WASHINGTON, DC – This January marked the launch of the Smithsonian and Cricket Media’s 7th annual Global Spark!Lab Dr. InBae Yoon Invent It Challenge – coinciding with the month's Kid Inventors' Day, which celebrates the important role children play in sparking innovation worldwide.
Cricket Media, in partnership with the Smithsonian's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, has opened the call for entries to the Spark!Lab Invent It Challenge.
The Challenge offers eligible children from around the world the opportunity to showcase their creative thinking on a global stage, and, thanks to the generosity of the Yoon family, winners of the annual Challenge in each category will participate in a multi-day visit to the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. (USA), during which they will undertake invention collaborations and get special tours of the museum's invention collections. Individual students, entire classrooms, schools, and other organizations serving children between the ages of 5-21 are encouraged to participate.
Selected winners will also receive a consultation for an official patent filing with the law firm Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP. "Nelson Mullins has participated in this program on a pro bono basis for a number of years and looks forward to, once again, helping to encourage young inventors and entrepreneurs," says Neil Jones, a lead partner in the Firm's patent group. Mr. Jones adds, "I, personally, look forward to working with the eligible winners."
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