Little Inventors

The Inventions for Space challenge story!

Working with NSERC and the Canadian Space Agency, we ran the Inventions for Space challenge from Nov 17 to May 18. 3000 inventions ideas received, over 80,000 children involved, 30 ideas made and 2 lucky winners directly talking to David Saint-Jacques from the International Space Station... it doesn't get more out of this world!!!

See it all here!

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) wants to make Canada a country of innovators and foster a spirit of scientific exploration for all.

They have brought Little Inventors to Canada, to help turn the next generation into the superstar inventors of the future!

Inventions for Space project at Canada wide science Fair!

Our Inventions for Space challenge concluded in spectacular style with a downlink from Canadian Space Agency Astronaut David Saint-Jacques live from the International Space Station!

We also exhibited a selection of our made real inventions for space, as a part of the Canada Wide Science Fair!

Find out all about the weeks activities here!

Canada Aviation and Space Museum Exhibition!

13 inventions designed for astronauts like CSA's David Saint-Jacques have been made into real things by Magnificent Makers from across Canada in the form of models and prototypes.

The objects are on display at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa, as a part of Science Literacy week and can be seen the Discovery Centre!

Find out more here!

Calling all Canadian Makers!

Little Inventors turns children's ideas into reality with the help if our Magnificent Makers!

  • Makers and artisans are involved form the start, meet the Little Inventors, and become part of their creative journeys!
  • Magnificent Makers get profiled in our exhibitions and online galleries
  • See last year's made inventions and get inspired!
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I immediately got it, it was a really exciting project, it is a great way to push STEM in the communityHelios Makerspace, Montreal

How can teachers and their schools participate?

  • Students are invited to work on their own ideas for useful inventions to makes life in space easier and more fun
  • Teachers will be given tools and resources to support the idea-generation phase with students
  • Students are invited to develop ideas on the theme of Astronauts living in space, but can also extend their invention ideas to space travel or astronaut training - as supported in the full resource package
  • Your students' invention ideas will be uploaded to our website and some of them could be made real - a fantastic inventive way to inspire your Little Inventors

News & Press

'Life in Space' inventions and our journey to the ISS

Little Inventors teamed up with the Canadian Space Agency and NSERC to ask children in Canada to think up and draw their invention ideas for Life in Space. We received 3000 designs from the ingenious to the brilliantly bonkers and 30 were made into real prototypes by expert makers. The two winners were announced from the International Space Station by Canadian astronaut David Saint Jacques via video link to a large gathering of young people at the Canada Wide Science Fair in Fredericton, Canada.

Prime Minister Science Fair 2018!

Two of the Canadian inventions were presented to The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, at the Prime Minister's inspiring Science Fair in Ottawa. Our little inventors were two of 30 projects on display.