On Thursday, July 13 more than 1,000 kids will convene to showcase their inventions created at camps across the Bay Area and compete for the grand prize – a trip to Washington, D.C. for the competition’s national awards ceremony. In addition to the competition, The Thingamajig® Invention Convention will offer more than 60 stations with hands-on activities, including robotics, woodworking, screen printing, bridge modeling and more. The convention is aimed at inspiring kids to explore the fields of science, engineering and design while tapping their creative potential.

“Seeing the Y campers faces light up when they bring an invention to life is hands down the best part of Thingamajig. What’s exciting is these campers are getting to build something with their hands that comes from their imaginations. It’s a unique way to learn, and really important to us at the Y,” said Maybelle Miranda, STEAM Coordinator, YMCA of San Francisco. Children are participating from several district 5 schools, including Traditions Elementary, John Muir Elementary, and the Chinese Immersion School.

About the YMCA of San Francisco

The YMCA of San Francisco makes accessible the support and opportunities that empower people and communities to learn, grow and become healthy. With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y nurtures the potential of every youth and teen, improves the Bay Area’s health and well-being, and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors. At the YMCA of San Francisco strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side by side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to improve their lives and their community. For more information about the Y of SF, please visit www.ymcasf.org.