What is Dare 2 Design?

Dare to Design is a summer program for school students (Grade 3-12) to develop innovative mindset. Participants will go through the 7-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 Dare 2 Design for you?

Do you think there are problems or things around you that you can fix? Do you love building and designing solutions? Then Dare 2 Design is for YOU! With Dare 2 Design you will identify a problem, record your steps as you solve it, build a model that solves the problem and demonstrate it.

Why Dare 2 Design?

  • 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 7-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 2022, participating students will have an opportunity to showcase their prototype at a regional invention competition.


July 12, 2021            Dare 2 Design Summer Camp 2  (Registration open)

August 2, 2021        Dare 2 Design Summer Camp 3  (Registration open)


Dare 2 Design Summer Camp Registration



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


EMUiNVENT 2022 will be held on March 11, 2022. Outstanding projects will progress to compete in the 2022 Invention Convention Michigan (planned for April, 2022), 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 3-5

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.

Dare 2 Design SUMMER CAMP Registration

Important Dates in 2021-2022

July 12, 2021           Dare 2 Design Summer Camp 2  (Registration open)

August 2, 2021        Dare 2 Design Summer Camp 3  (Registration open)

September 15, 2021    Dare 2 Design Fall workshop registration begins 

November 15, 2021      EMUiNVENT Registration begins 

January 15, 2022         EMUiNVENT Registration ends 

February 04, 2022       Judges Training

February 19, 2022        EMUiNVENT Competition materials due 

March 11, 2022              EMUiNVENT competition 


Have an idea but don't have any teacher to help you take it forward? Join Dare 2 Design!. 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. 



Kieran Driscoll's Pitch

Audrey Larson's Pitch

Donya Royaee's Pitch



School teachers can 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; EMIiNVENT is unique as it introduces and teaches Innovation, entrepreneurship, and problem-solving. 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

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

We would like to thank our sponsors "FORD COMMUNITY CORP", "EMU BRIGHT FUTURE" and "Henry Ford's Invention Convention" for their generous donations and partnership.

Ford Community Corps  Bright Future  Invention Convention

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

2020 EMUiNVENT Competition Award Ceremony




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