We hope to see you for our 22nd annual event in July 2016!
A STEM Festival Where Kids Design their Experience!
STEM is everywhere. It shapes our everyday experiences and is designing our future. It opens the doors to strategic thinking, creative expression and the best careers. At the YMCA, young people have numerous opportunities to learn, play and be inspired through STEM. The YMCA's THINGAMAJIG Invention Convention is just one example of everything STEM. For 21 years, we’ve sparked the inventive, creative minds of children through hands-on workshops, challenges and exhibits.
Every year, a diverse group of community leaders join us to share their expertise with the kids: the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, Microsoft, the FAA, Washington Gas, DC Dept. of Public Works, LEGO Lab and MUCH more. With invention challenges, an on-the-spot group challenge and over 50 workshops, kids leave with an experienced understanding of the world, their health and their future. To learn more, contact La Shaun Murray at 202-797-4488 or via email.
inspiring kids to learn and grow
Thanks to all of our sponsors, workshop hosts and volunteers for inspiring 4,044 kids to reach for the stars at the 2015 Thingamajig Invention Convention on July 23, 2015. Check out our 2015 Thingamajig Newsletter, filled with more about the mission of the event, memories from our participants and special features.
In 2015, we are proud to share that the Y's Thingamajig Invention Convention inspired 7 YMCAs across the nation to launch STEM conventions, including San Antonio, Rochester, Birmingham, San Francisco, Seattle, Jacksonville and Utah. An additional 1,080 kids were engaged, thanks to this effort. Check out some of the headlines that popped up: