This year’s STEP into Manufacturing theme is

“Creating a Better Future for the World”

What is an invention the world needs that you would create? 

This year’s theme invites you to tell us how you can make the world a better place through your creations. Is it by creating new technologies for school? Tackling environmental issues? Ending world hunger?

However you define it, let us know how you will make the world a better place through your invention. Take your ideas and bring them to life in your entries!


Use your imagination to create an entry that will make the world a better place. Choose a format that fits your creative needs:

• Video (must be at least 2 minutes long, and can be filmed on phone)

• Essay, poem, or other written content (no longer than 2 pages)

• Photo, 2D or 3D Art Piece (may take photo of art piece and send via email; if selected the Manufacturing Institute may request the physical art)


We’re excited to see the amazing entries for the 2020 STEP Into Manufacturing Competition. Club members can work with any materials or medium they want, but all entries must be submitted with the entry form. Club Directors can email the completed form and submit entries as an attachment.

Follow these helpful instructions to make sure your entry is received. The contest is open for entries until February 29, 2020 Eastern Time (ET), so here’s some information to help get you started:

1. Download or print the entry form:

2. Create your invention:

a. Contestants may create their entries using any materials or medium they want – from essays, to videos, to markers and paint.

3. Write:

a. Inventor’s Statement – Tell us about what you have created and how it will make a better world to you.

b. Fill out the rest of the required information and sign the entry form.

4. Submit

a. Email your completed entries and entry form to

b. If your entry is an artist submission, please scan or take a photograph and attach it to your submission and entry form.


A project may be entered in the competition by submitting an entry and entry form to Entries must be received by 11:59 PM ET February 29, 2020. Entries may be electronic and should be sent to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America organizer at the following email address:


The purpose of the competition is to foster girls’ interest in manufacturing and create a forum for Club members to share their new and innovative ideas, with the chance to win a trip to Washington, D.C. and meet 130 modern day creators.

Consider a career in modern manufacturing to create your own future and shape the world. Modern manufacturing offers a chance to design and build the future, whether it’s inventing the latest aircraft or automobile, a lifesaving medicine or a new way to harness power. A manufacturing career allows you to combine practical problem-solving and creativity with exciting new technology, to shape and build a better tomorrow and make a difference. All your favorite products – from your mobile device to lifesaving medication – are a result of manufacturing. Manufacturing is the timeless innovation generator, touching every industry while making the world what it is today and what it will be tomorrow. Everything that is made needs smart thinkers and doers to invent, market, distribute and maintain revolutionary products.


Club members are challenged to go beyond the classroom and showcase their inventive talents by demonstrating new and creative ways manufacturing can add value to the world.


Entries are welcome from current K-12 female students enrolled in a Boys & Girls Club and separated into the following categories: 1) Elementary School K - 5  2) Middle School 6 - 8 and 3) High School 9 - 12. The categories will be judged separately according to the following weighted criteria:


Theme Communication – how well the contest theme is expressed in both the content submission and written statement 25%

Functionality – provide a description of features and functions 15%

Design Creativity and Innovation – showcase of creativity compared with traditional methods 30%

Social and Environmental Impact – forecast, explain and justify the affects anticipated 20%

Judges’ Discretion – 10%

Three National Finalists

The STEP Women’s Program Committee will select the best entries from each category. The three national finalists will be notified by a member of Boys & Girls Clubs of America by Monday, March 9, 2020. These winners will be invited to attend the 2020 STEP Ahead activities in Washington, D.C. on April, 30, 2020.


A total of three (3) Club members, one winner from each category will be selected. She will receive:

An all-inclusive trip to Washington, D.C. (airfare, hotel, transportation, meals, etc.) with a parent or guardian to meet 130 modern female manufacturers

Free admission to attend the 2020 STEP Ahead Awards Gala Dinner

Additional gifts



Fayth Buchanan Cooper – Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee

Liliana Johnson – Boys & Girls Clubs of Omaha

Ruth Morales – Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago

Crystal Reyes – Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland

Jayla Womack – Boys & Girls Club of Hartford


Kendahl Fowler – Boys & Girls Club of Greater Houston

Danielle Kain – Boys & Girls Club of Greater St. Louis

Madison Perkins – Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee

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