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2019 National Invention Convention Registration Information

Registration for National Invention Convention 2019 is by invitation only. Invited participants will receive a link to an online registration portal.  If you’ve been invited, please read through this page before beginning your inventor registration.

Registration Dates: – February 12ththrough May 12th

Helpful information to prepare for registration:  Tips for Registration.  Know which fields will be required to register before you get started, click: Required Fields.

Registration Fees

  • Grades K-12 Registration – $300
  • Parent | Chaperone | Guest Registration – $350

Who may register?

  1. Invited winners from affiliate state and partner country programs.
  2. Invited winners from the Independent Inventor Program.
  3. Family members, chaperones and teachers of invited participants may also register to attend.

Student Registration includes:

  • National Invention Convention T-shirt
  • Inventor swag bag
  • National finalist certificate
  • 5-day pass to Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation™ and Greenfield Village (Wednesday through Sunday)
  • Special welcome dinner in Greenfield Village
  • Single visit to Ford Rouge Factory Tour and Giant Screen Experience
  • All meals provided beginning with breakfast Wednesday morning through Friday night dinner
  • Access to the 2019 National Invention Convention Awards Ceremony
  • Transportation between The Henry Ford and all recommended hotels Wednesday morning through Friday evening

Note: Registration fees are not tax deductible.

Note: All event approved hotels provide a complimentary breakfast for inventors and their families/guardians.

 Parent/Chaperone/Guest Registration includes:

  • 5-day pass to Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation™ and Greenfield Village (Wednesday through Sunday)
  • Special welcome dinner in Greenfield Village
  • Single visit to Ford Rouge Factory Tour and Giant Screen Experience
  • All meals provided beginning with breakfast Wednesday morning through Friday night dinner
  • Access to the 2019 National Invention Convention Awards Ceremony
  • Transportation between The Henry Ford and all recommended hotels Wednesday morning through Friday evening

Note: Registration fees are not tax deductible.

Note: All event approved hotels provide a complimentary breakfast for inventors and their families/guardians.

What should I bring?

Inventor’s packing list:

  • A Positive Attitude!
  • Prototype or Invention
  • Log Book
  • Display Board/Poster

Casual clothes with shoes appropriate for walking a lot are most appropriate.

Students will be provided with a T-shirt at registration and should plan to wear it over their clothes on Thursday and Friday.

Video Pitch

As with previous National Invention Convention competitions, a video pitch will be a requirement of registration. You can read detailed information about the video pitch here.

Video pitch rules:

  • Maximum length = 4-minutes
  • There should be NO editing or production
  • The video should run continuously, no stopping and starting the recording device
  • Parents of students may prompt them with questions on the video (often needed for younger competitors)

IMPORTANT: Do not set videos as “private” on YouTube or Vimeo. This will leave them inaccessible to the judges. Set videos to either “public” or “unlisted”.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Cancellations and refunds can be made until registration closes. After that all registrations are committed and not refundable because we have to place non-refundable deposits based on your commitments. Registrations are transferable until May 26, 2019. Contact inventionconventioninfo@thehenryford.org to request a registration transfer.

Code of Conduct

Student inventors attending the National Invention Convention are expected to be role models and competitors with ethics and integrity.  All attendees will be required to sign a Code of Conduct which affirms the following:

  1. A Finalist guilty of any of the following will fail to qualify and/or will forfeit all awards received and may be banned from all future participation in STEMIE programs: If he/she presents another inventor’s work as one’s own and/or fabricates data.
  2. The use of tobacco products, alcoholic beverages and/or drugs is prohibited.
  3. All National Invention Convention attendees must adhere to the STEMIE Program Harassment Policy and are required to report any harassment to an Invention Convention authority.
  4. Respect for the hotel properties, The Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, Ford Rouge Factory and any other museum property is required. Finalists shall be solely responsible and liable for any damage to any of the above listed sites/properties, hotel or other property caused by Finalist. Tampering with or removing signage or other Henry Ford, Invention Convention or other signage is prohibited.
  5. Finalists are expected to be in their own rooms no later than 12:00 o’clock midnight each day. Chaperones may require students to report to their rooms earlier than the designated Invention Convention/National Invention Convention curfew.
  6. Appropriate attire is expected. Please plan to wear your provided T-Shirt for all event days and activities.
  7. Finalist attendance is mandatory at the judging circle on Thursday and the award ceremony on Friday. Participants are encouraged to attend all National Invention Convention events.

Other Policies

Harassment Generally

The Invention Convention prohibits harassment of any kind against any student, volunteer, or employee by an Adult, another student, volunteer, Invention Convention employee, or third party for any reason including, but not limited to: age, national origin, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, ancestry and/or veteran status. Harassment includes but is not limited to slurs, epithets, threats, derogatory comments, unwelcome jokes, and teasing.

Any student or other person who feels that he or she is a victim of such harassment at an Invention Convention program event should promptly report the matter to an Invention Convention employee. If an Invention Convention employee or Adult volunteer become aware of such a situation, he or she is under the responsibility to report to the proper Invention Convention authority. Upon receipt of an allegation(s), an investigation will be initiated.  All such reports will be handled as confidentially as possible. The Invention Convention may take appropriate disciplinary action against any person found to have violated the harassment policy.

No adverse action or retaliation will be allowed to be taken against a person who reports a violation or who participates in an investigation of this policy in good faith. Knowingly false accusations are prohibited and will be treated by disciplinary action comparable to that which would be applied to actual misconduct.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment of or by any person in attendance at any Invention Convention program is prohibited. Sexual harassment includes but is not limited to unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and/or verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature including, but not limited to, drawings, pictures, jokes, teasing, or uninvited touching.

In accordance with this policy, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, sexual demands, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature will constitute sexual harassment when:

  • The conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an affected person’s performance, or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment; or in third party situations, one or more individuals are reasonably offended by the sexual interaction, conduct, or communications between others.
  • The conduct has the effect of creating actual, perceived, or potential conflicts of interest, favoritism, disruption or lack of objectivity.

Any student or other person who feels that he or she is a victim of sexual harassment at any STEMIE program should promptly report the matter to an Invention Convention employee or other Adult authority who must immediately present it to the proper Invention Convention authority. If an Invention Convention employee or adult volunteer becomes aware of such a situation, he or she is under a responsibility to contact the proper authority. Upon receipt of an allegation(s), an investigation will be initiated. All such reports will be handled as confidentially as possible. The Invention Convention may take appropriate disciplinary action against any person found to have violated the sexual harassment policy.

No adverse action or retaliation will be allowed to be taken against a person who reports a violation or who participates in and investigation of this policy in good faith.  Knowingly false accusations are prohibited and will be treated by disciplinary action comparable to that which would be applied to actual misconduct.

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