Inspiring kids to learn and grow A STEM festival where kids design their own experience! Together, we're "creating the best future" today! 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 how the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington embraces STEM education. Originally created by Janice Williams, Senior Vice President of Program Development, as a way to spark the inventive and creative minds of DC
children through hands-on exhibits and challenges. Twenty-two years later, Thingamajig® keeps getting bigger and better.
Meet Dave a YMCA Thingamajig Inventor and the 1st place winner of our 2016 Thingamajig® Invention Convention. Follow his story as he enters this year's Thingamajig® happening July 27th at the Show Place Arena inUpper Marlborough, MD. Then Follow us on social media as Thingamajig® goes live to catch up with Dave and the other contestants on their big day. #ThingamajigTV #imaginethepossible
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.
inspiring kids to learn and grow Thanks to all of our sponsors, workshop hosts and volunteers for inspiring 4,150 kids to reach for the stars at the 2016 Thingamajig Invention Convention, held on July 28, 2016. With the help of over 500 volunteers, area youth were able to explore science and technology as never before.
Through working with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, our Thingamajig® experience is expanding to new YMCA's across the country! More than a dozen YMCA's from Seattle to Massachusetts, kickstarted their own conventions both last and this years. Together, we're creating the best future from coast to coast.