Latest news

Blast off! Official launch of Little Inventors: Inventions for Space

General news

December 17, 2017

On November 30, 2017, in partnership with the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) will proudly launch the next edition of Little Inventors: Inventions for Space. This is an amazing Canada-wide initiative that challenges children to come up with ingenious ideas that could be developed into an invention to make life in space easier and more fun.

The best inventions will be turned into prototypes by Canada’s expert makers and artisans, and showcased in a special exhibition as part of Science Literacy Week in September 2018. The most imaginative and innovative of them all could make an appearance in space with Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques when he travels to the International Space Station in November of 2018.

Since its inauguration in 2015 in the UK, Little Inventors has inspired children all around the world and sparked their imaginations and use of STEM knowledge. In 2016, NSERC partnered with Little Inventors for the first Canadian experience. It was a hit with children and teachers alike: over 500 designs were submitted, 18 of which were brought to life and exhibited coast to coast, including their current location at the Ontario Science Centre. Two Little Inventors even met the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, at a special science fair!

Calling Canadian teachers and magnificent makers!

Little Inventors: Inventions for Space is open to all students across Canada up to 15 years of age. Canadian schools and teachers are encouraged to lead the development of ideas in their classrooms and lead their students through the challenge. Fun and interactive lesson plans and workshop materials are available online for all interested schools and parents.

The deadline to participate in this space challenge is by midnight on Friday, April 13, 2018.

Little Inventors turns children’s ideas into reality with the help of our magnificent makers. They are invited to get involved from the start, meet the Little Inventors, and become part of their creative journeys. Makers also get profiled in our exhibitions and online galleries gaining national and international exposure.

If you are a teacher or a maker interested in exploring the theme of space with Little Inventors, look on the project’s webpage for additional information on how to participate or send your questions to

Contact Newsletter

Get highlights of things happening at NSERC delivered to your email inbox. View all Newsletters

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Youtube
  • Instagram