Young Scholars Invent

Young Scholars Invent

PATHS-UP Young Scholars in lab.

Young Scholars Invent is a 1.5-day workshop for 9th-11th grade students, designed to engage students in a multi-disciplined, multi-level, intense design experience that is focused on solving real-world needs provided by industry and agency partners. The structure of the event is to introduce students to various challenges, have them self-select teammates from other schools, engage in an active design process, build and test their design, and finally provide a presentation to “sell” their solution to a select set of judges.

Young Scholars Invent is not a Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) competition. Students may use CAD software to communicate design attributes within their presentations, but it is not a requirement of Young Scholars Invent. However, we do advise that all students bring a laptop computer, as it will be used heavily for research and presentation creation.

Young Scholars Invent is not a competition to showcase the best school in the state. Schools will not be going head-to-head in the challenge. Rather, the challenge focuses on simulating industry environments, where individuals work collaboratively to generate ideas and solutions from a diverse group of cultures and expertise. Instead of joining a team of friends, or being forced to solve a problem, your students will have the opportunity to choose a problem that speaks to them as an individual and will self-select the needs statement and team they wish to join.

Young Scholars Invent*

Prior programming experience is not required.

Applications have closed.

Applicants will be required to submit signed release forms for minors as part of their application for each child.

Workshop Structure

Young Scholars Invent is a 1.5-day workshop where students tackle real-world challenges with cross-school teammates, engage in active design, build and test their solutions, and present to a panel of judges.

May 10, 2024 | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
May 11, 2024 | 8 a.m. - 4:00.p.m.

  • Gaining experience in engineering research, scientific writing and communication;
  • Building a network of peers;
  • Learning about various college pathways; and
  • Focusing on programming and digital design.

Applicants will be required to submit signed release forms for minors signed by their parent and/or legal guardian as part of their application. This workshop is offered through a designated funding source to a targeted audience and is open to residents in the Houston area.

Applications have closed.

Workshop Benefits

Students who participate in Young Scholars Invent will increase their ability to:

  • Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering to solve specific problems.
  • Design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data as they build and rebuild their prototypes.
  • Design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  • Function on multidisciplinary teams that are multilevel as well, thus increasing their practice of leadership and
  • followership.
  • Identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems that are provided by industry sponsors.
  • Communicate orally in an effective manner, explain and justify why their solution is optimal for their specific problem.
  • Understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  • Use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice as they work on their prototype.
  • Understand basic principles and applications in an intersection of engineering disciplines.

Workshop Flyer

To view and download the Young Scholars Invent workshop flyer click here.


Please note: this workshop is offered through a designated funding source to a targeted audience and is open to residents in the Houston area.

PATHS-UP Young Scholars Administration

If you have any questions about Young Scholars Invent, you can contact the workshop lead.

Brittany Templeton
Assistant Director for Computer Science and Mathematics
713-348-8218 |

*Workshop times, dates, locations, and compensation are subject to change before the first day of the workshop.


Contact Information

Telephone: (713) 348-8211
Fax: (713) 348-3825

Mailing Address

Office of STEM Engagement
Rice University
P.O. Box 1892, MS-7836
Houston, TX 77251-1892

Street Address

IBC Plaza Houston
5615 Kirby Dr., Suite 730
Houston, TX 77005-2445