Montgomery County Public Schools and the Children’s Museum partnered to launch a STEM education program called the “Invent the Future Challenge.”

Officials said this is a school year program that gives middle school students the opportunity to practice science, technology, engineering and mathematics, develop skills and try to solve environmental problems.

Officials said these kids learned the hands-on approach, and it’s engaging students to face real world environmental issues that some could face later.  

The program will also provide scholarships for skill-building workshops for low-income students.

“My favorite part about this is that we can make something that we love, and [we can be] very creative doing things like this,” said Arjun Nair, Argyle Middle School, student.

Montgomery County Council Vice President Hans Riemer said he hopes this program grows and spreads throughout the county.

So far, the program teaches students from six middle schools in Montgomery County.