What is Dare2Design?

Dare2Design is a program for school students (Grade 3-12) to develop innovative mindset. Participants will go through the 8-step process of innovation to solve a problem they face regularly. This fun, hands-on camp teaches, problem-solving, collaboration and the process of innovation.

Is Dare2Design for you?

Do you think there are problems or things around you that you can fix? Do you love building and designing solutions? Then Dare2Design is for YOU! With Dare2Design you will identify a problem, record your steps as you solve it, build a model that solves the problem and demonstrate it.

Why Dare2Design?

  • By guiding the students convert their ideas into a solution, we provide a platform to build students’ innovation skills, problem-solving, entrepreneurial abilities, critical thinking and collaboration.
  • You will work with university professors and industry professionals with patenting knowledge and experience. We use a rigorously tested 8-step process to make it a fun and productive experience for the participants. Please note we will engage in understanding, breaking and making, not just watching!
  • In March 2023, participating students will have an opportunity to showcase their prototype at a regional invention competition.


Fall 2022 Meetings:

  • North America: October 18, 2022 onwards. Every Tuesday 5.30-7 p.m. Located at the SPARK East Innovation Center in Ypsilanti, MI
  • Asia: October 24, 2022 onwards. Every Saturday 8.00 am Eastern Time USA. Email to us for the meeting time in your country.

Email [email protected] for more information, or if you have any questions or concerns.

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An interactive and interdisciplinary opportunity for 3-12 students to follow the invention process to create a prototype for a regional competition.


EMUiNVENT 2023 will be held on March 10, 2023. Outstanding projects will progress to compete in the 2023 Invention Convention Michigan, organized by the Henry Ford.


Get help from engineers, university professors and EMU to convert an idea into a model. As you do it, learn the habits of famous inventors and business people. Continue to learn about entrepreneurship, problem solving, designing, planning, development of models, public speaking, and working in teams.

First, second, and third place awards for:

  • Grades 2-5
  • Grades 6-8
  • Grades 9-12

How will EMU help

Provide you mentors to guide you through the process.

Hold training workshops and summer camps to help you through the process of invention.

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Important Dates in 2022-2023

  • October 18, 2022 Dare2Design Fall workshop begins
  • November 6, 2022 EMUiNVENT Registration begins
  • January 13, 2023 EMUiNVENT Registration ends
  • February 03, 2023 Judges Training
  • February 18, 2023 EMUiNVENT Competition materials due
  • March 10, 2023 EMUiNVENT competition


Have an idea but don't have any teacher to help you take it forward? Join Dare2Design! Our Independent Inventors program will conduct virtual workshops and training to help you convert your idea into a prototype. As part of the workshops, get help and guidance from budding & experienced engineers and entrepreneurs. They will mentor you and ensure that you are ready to participate in EMUiNVENT.






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School teachers may bring their class teams to the competition. We understand that your students might be participating in other STEM and non-STEM related activities and competitions. Not just another STEM program, EMUIiNVENT is unique in that it bridges student learning of languages, communication, arts and STEM. The competition teaches innovation, entrepreneurship, and problem-solving using collaboration, creativity and communication to solve real world problems. We can help you integrate your other STEM and non-STEM related activities with EMUiNVENT competition.

If you or your school does not have any STEM and non-STEM related competition activities, EMUiNVENT can still help your students through our Independent Inventor or Dare2Design programs. These programs are for students who would like to participate in EMUiNVENT competition or are generally interested in problem solving/ fixing things and inventions. EMU faculty and students will mentor them through the invention process and help them convert their idea into a real model.


Training Workshops

The Henry Ford has developed the innovation and entrepreneurship process curriculum for 3-12 graders. EMUiNVENT and The Henry Ford conduct orientation workshops and also help teachers to learn the innovation and entrepreneurship process. Interested teachers please email to us for details at [email protected].


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Interested in supporting the students? Connect with us at [email protected]. It takes a village to raise an entrepreneur!!

Invention Convention Michigan 2022 – April 30, 2022

This year again EMUiNVENT and Dare2Design participants seek recognition at the Invention Convention 2022 held at Henry Ford.

Jonathan Keeler, 5th grader from Creekside Elementary School stood 3rd Place, in the the 3-5 grade category. Jonathan worked on Supersolar Stove project.

Hemanth Tavane, 8th grader from Clague Middle School stood 2nd Place, in the 6-8 category. Hemanth worked on the Smart Contamination Recycling Aid project. Hemanth also won the Environmental & Sustainability Award, presented by BASF.

Max Tiani, 4th grader from Heritage Elementary won the Agriculture and Food Award, presented by Michigan Soybean Committee on his "No Drip Chip" project.

Mayur Reddy, 6th grader from Saline Middle School won Consumer Goods and Fashion, Award, presented by Macy’s on his Shakey Wakey project.

Rohit Mahesh, 9th grader from Salem High SchoolEducation Award, presented by The UPS Foundation, on his "Book2Braille" project.











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