About Invention Convention
Invention Convention envisions a day when EVERY child in Ohio has the chance to follow their natural curiosity, invent creative solutions to problems, and be inspired to achieve their highest level of personal accomplishment. Through these efforts, Ohio’s future will be brighter and its workforce more capable and productive.
Invention Convention began in 1993 as the brainchild of the Columbus Dispatch Printing Company in Columbus, Ohio. The Dispatch wanted to reach out to the Sandusky community to play a more significant role in the future success of the community’s youth. They decided to focus on sharing good news and they built the concept of “invention convention” – focusing on bringing creative problem-solving skills and unique math and science curriculum to area schools. What they didn’t realize, was that this program had such an amazing educational value to it, that educators in Columbus said, “We have real value here, we must have this program in our schools too!” The Dispatch then formed a 501c3 entitled, “Just Think, Inc.” and in 2014, The Ohio Academy of Science took Invention Convention under its wing where it thrives today! During the past 21 years, The Invention Convention has been a tremendous success in Ohio, and as a free program, has awarded more than $700,000 in college scholarships, taught invaluable problem-solving skills, built self-esteems, rewarded creativity, and has helped shape the future workforce of Ohio.
The mission of The Ohio Academy of Science and the Invention Convention program is to foster curiosity, discovery and innovation and unite all who value education, science, engineering and technology, or their application, for the benefit of society.
Our goals are to enhance student performance in Ohio’s Learning Standards in math, science, and language arts through administration of the Invention Convention program and to increase the interest of Ohio’s students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) careers.
Our objectives are to reinforce Ohio’s educational standards in math and science through critical thinking and problem-solving activities associated with the Invention Convention curriculum; to reinforce Ohio standards in language arts through communication activities associated with the Invention Convention curriculum; and to expose Ohio children to STEM- and STEAM-related activities through participation in the Invention Convention program.