DECA Inc. & The Lemelson Center at the Smithsonian Collaborate to Spark Innovation

DECA Inc. and the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation are collaborating to inspire youth to explore the procession of invention.

adrienne_burdaOn October 22, 2016, the Lemelson Center will feature a hands-on DECA Idea Challenge learning hub within its Draper Spark!Lab at the National Museum of American History.

The DECA Idea Challenge asks elementary through college students to collaborate as a team, generate a novel use for a common item and pitch the invention in an engaging video presentation. The hub within the Spark!Lab invites students age six to twelve to participate in a modified DECA Idea Challenge. DECA Inc. staff and student volunteers will assist Spark!Lab visitors in engaging in the challenge during the launch event.

Spark!Lab encourages children to create, collaborate, explore, test, experiment and invent through activities that incorporate traditional science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) with art, history and creativity. Spark!Lab activities communicate that invention is a process; provide visitors with opportunities to explore the invention process and their own inventiveness; and demonstrate the central role that invention plays in American history—and today. DECA Inc. is excited about this new opportunity to help students explore their creativity and innovation.

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The DECA Idea Challenge, a premier event of Global Entrepreneurship Week, dares students teams around the world to invent a new use for a commonplace item in just eight days! The competition kicks-off November 10, 2016 with the reveal of the mystery item.

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