For Your Family: Young Inventor Challenge

October 10, 2011 (CHICAGO)

Children ages 6 to 18 are invited to compete with a game or toy that they came up with. The president of the Chicago Toy and Game Group Mary Couzin visited the ABC7 studio to talk more about the contest. The Chicago Toy and Game Group is sponsoring the event.

Chicago Toy & Game Fair Young Inventor Challenge Entry deadline: October 31 Open to boys and girls ages 6-18 Register for free online at

RELEASE - Calling all kid inventors! The chicago toy & game fair (chitag) brings together imagination, play and inventive thinking with their fifth annual young inventor challenge (yic), to be held at the fair on saturday, november 19 at chicago's Navy Pier.

Open to boys and girls ages 6 to 18; participants create their own original toy or game inventions to be judged by popular vote by the fair's 20,000-plus attendees. Besides great prizes to be won, top toy and game industry representatives will be on hand to provide advice, recognition and encouragement to all young inventors to dream big and discover the possibilities of play!

As always, there is no fee to participate in the young inventor challenge. Participants and their immediate families are invited to be our guests with complimentary admission to chitag for the whole weekend!

How to get started now - it's easy! Just register online at or by mail. Print out our inventor workbook In it you'll find easy-to-understand, step-by-step instructions on how to take part in the challenge, plus guidelines on how to brainstorm and record your ideas, design and develop your prototype, and how to put your presentation together for display at the Chicago Toy & Game Fair.

The deadline for entries is October 31, 2011, so we will provide a month for children to submit entries.

The contest is decided by popular vote. Industry leaders such as head of global product acquisition at hasbro; as well as representatives from other well known toy and game companies spend time speaking with the kids about their inventions. It's a great opportunity for kids to get their games in front of experts in the business -- all while having fun at one of the best toy and game shows in the country.

The fair attendees are judges. The company executives walk around. This year we have kids confirmed from NY, ND, WA, FL, TX, GA, all over the Midwest; including international entries from India and the UK coming in for the Young Inventor Challenge this year.

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