What Is Invention Convention All About?

Depending on how your school runs the program, your child will be asked to identify problems in their lives and in the community.  Once your child narrows down and focuses on a problem they would like to solve, they will research what solutions already exist and try to come up with an innovative solution to the problem.

Once they have an original solution to a problem, or an innovation of an existing product, they will begin the engineering design process: designing their prototype, building and testing their prototype.

Program Overview handout 2020

How Your Kids Can Get Involved – CHANGES DUE TO COVID-19

Hello Inventor Families,

The Invention League team understands that many schools and districts were unable to complete the Invention Convention program before Governor Dewine’s directive, closing Ohio schools.

We are inviting you to continue your invention process with us through the Independent Inventor Program.  All inventors who complete the 7 steps of the invention process are welcome to register by contacting Amy Calhoun and the Invention League team:

Your student will submit a 5-minute video, using a smartphone, etc., to be judged by our team of experienced judges.


2020 OH Invention Convention Registration Information FINAL

The Invention League team looks forward to seeing what problem you solve through the Invention Convention program this program year.

Most kids participate in Invention Convention through formal programs in their school, after-school program or other group (like scouting).  If there isn’t a local program, your kids are NOT out of luck; they can participate in Invention Convention through the Independent Inventor Program.

How You Can Help Your Kid

Parent support, guidance, and help is encouraged.  This is a great family project.  You can help your child notice problems during your daily lives.  This may be a difficult step for children who are not accustomed to identifying problems, but it is a key step in the invention process.

Once your child is thinking about a solution, help them research what already exists.  Contact experts in the field of your child’s invention.  Use online shopping sites to explore what is already on the market.  Use patent sites, like the USPTO and Google Patents to explore what patents already exist. Encourage your child not to get discouraged if their idea already exists.  They can innovate on a current invention and make it better!

Although your help is often needed, please allow your inventor to lead the way.  All invention work should be from the inventor, with you as a coach or helper.  If your inventor needs to sew or weld, teach your inventor these skills!