Welcome, Educators!

Without educators like you, students would never learn what they are capable of; thank you for taking the time to research the Invention Convention. Our goal is that the Invention Convention program can assist your students achieve a higher level of learning.

  • The Invention Convention provides free curriculum and hosts Regional Competitions throughout the state. Aligned with Ohio’s New Learning Standards, our inventive curriculum focuses on:

    1. Identifying a Problem

    2. Problem-Solving and Critical-Thinking Processes to Solve the Problem

    3. Developing the Invention Idea and Designing a Prototype of the Solution

    The mission of Invention Convention is to inspire curiosity, confidence, invention and creative problem-solving in our youth. Our goals are to enhance student performance in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics.

    The Invention Convention is not a science fair, but a STEAM-feeder program designed to expose students in grades K-8 to multiple problem-solving methods, honing real-life skills and increasing Ohio student’s interest in STEAM related careers.

  • Thanks to our many great sponsors we can offer your district Invention Convention, the free, easy and educational program designed to help teach problem seeking and creative problem solving skills.

    • The program is flexible and designed to fit your district’s needs.

    • We actively work with local and national media to celebrate your students & schools accomplishments.

    • All materials needed are available on-line.

    • Our educational, inspirational assemblies are free.

    • We provide ongoing support through your district coordinator.

    • Finalists from your district meet at the Regional Invention Convention to compete for college scholarships & awards – more than $30,000 per year awarded to the top inventors and an award to a Teacher of Excellence in each region. Your students could even be featured in the local news or even on a National Talk Show!

    It’s easy to get involved, all you have to do is sign up by clicking the button below. We’ll work with your coordinator to invent a great program for your school district.

    The Invention Convention program is offered to students & districts statewide. Regionals are currently hosted in the Northeast, Central and Southwest regions of Ohio.

  • Welcome to the Invention Convention! Whether you are coordinating the program on behalf of your district, a private school or student organization we value your involvement and are here to support your efforts!

    Below you will find links to materials and resources designed to get you started, help you roll out the program and share your successes with your community.

    Teacher of Excellence Award:

    We know that The Invention Convention would not be possible without the effort and dedication of hundreds of educators each year who bring our program to Ohio students. Teachers are often overlooked and under appreciated. Thank you to all of the educators who help make this program possible!

    Every year and in every region we recognize a local educator with our Teacher of Excellence Award. The Teacher of Excellence Award can vary year-to-year, but generally includes a fantastic technology prize, classroom parties or outings, books, gifts from our wonder sponsors and more! We ask students, parents, teachers, principals, anyone to nominate an Invention Convention educator worthy of the Teacher of Excellence title. Do you know about a great educator in your life that has inspired, uplifted, motivated and led by example, in order to positively impact students?

    Follow this link to nominate your Teacher of Excellence

    Teacher of Excellence Nomination Deadlines: 2 weeks prior to regional finals.

    Resources:

    The Invention Convention One Page Flyer

    Ohio’s Learning Standards Met Through Invention Convention

    Invention Convention Implementation Guide

    Independent Student Inventor Program

    Official Rules

    2016-17 Post Roll Out Flyer

    The Student Journal (required for the competition):

    Online Student Journal Click on this link for a journal you can complete online and print. (If you don’t have enough space in any of the fields, feel free to attach responses on another sheet of paper where needed.)

    (Having trouble with the Online Student Journal? Try installing the latest version of Adobe Reader DC.  Still having trouble? Write to juli@inventionconvention.org.)

    Print Student Journal Click on this link for a journal you can print and complete by hand.

    Samples:

    Parent Letter Introducing IC

    Parent/Coordinator Packet Columbus Public Schools 2013

    Judge Recruitment Letter

    Rubric – Invention Convention Regional

    Press Releases and Media Alerts – Spreading the good word throughout your community!

    School District Competition Press Release

    School District Media Alert

    School District Winners to Advance Press Release

    Teacher of Excellence Nomination Press Release

    Lesson Plans:

    Agriculture / Art / Create Your Own / Environmental / Healthcare / Music

    CLICK HERE to Download all lesson plans.

  • webinar schedule picThe Invention Convention program is a free non-profit educational program for students grades K-8 and encourages educators to implement the program in their classroom or as an independent study in a way that works for their school year, their students and the learning objectives that need to be achieved. Everyone does this a little differently.

    In an effort to be a resource to educators statewide we will be hosting Monthly Video meetings that will be less than one hour in length to help you with the stage of the program you are working on, provide updates and instruction on resources available to you, and facilitate conversation amongst educators that are implementing this STEM curriculum statewide.

    The 2017 calendar will be posted on our website & sent via email to educators on our mailing list December 2016.

    Webinar Link & Meeting ID:

    August 30th – 8:00am Video Invention Convention Informational Webinar
    Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/686878612
    Join by iPhone one-tap: +14086380968,686878612# or +16465588656,686878612#
    Join by Telephone: 1 408 638 0968 or +1 646 558 8656
    Meeting ID: 686 878 612

    August 30th – 4:00pm Video Invention Convention Informational Webinar
    Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/290789589
    Join by iPhone one-tap: +16465588656,290789589# or +14086380968,290789589#
    Join by Telephone: +1 646 558 8656 or +1 408 638 0968
    Meeting ID: 290 789 589

    Note: Taped webinars will be posted on our social media channels as well to this location on our website.