Come Join Us!

Welcome, inventors, to the 2021 Raytheon Technologies Invention Convention U.S. Nationals! You’ve come a long way, and we are so very proud of you. We thank your family, friends, teachers and affiliates who have helped you on your journey to this year’s competition, and wish you the very best.  In advance of this year’s event, we invite you and others to join us for Road to U.S. Nationals 2021, a series of free events and activities that provide you an opportunity to network, learn and celebrate your achievement.

Calendar At A Glance

All times are Eastern and all activities are FREE. Click for more details and to register.

Date Name of Event
Saturday, May 15, 4 to 5:30pm Student Networking Session
Saturday, May 22, 4 to 5:30pm Student Networking Session
Saturday, May 23, 4 to 5:30pm Student Networking Session
Friday, May 21 – Friday May 28 People’s Choice Voting
Saturday, June 5, 4 to 5:30pm Inventor Alumni Panel
Friday, June 11, 7 to 8:30pm Expert Panel
Saturday, June 19, 4 to 5:30pm Kahoot! Trivia Game

Thursday, June 24: 2021 Raytheon Technologies Invention Convention U.S. Nationals Awards Ceremony

Time Event
6:45 PM “Live from the Yellow Carpet” Pre-Show
7:00 PM Virtual Awards Ceremony
Immediately following Award Ceremony Dance Party

 

Share Your Journey

Snap a photo and create your very own custom selfie, then share it with friends and family using #inventitforward.  Available now through June 30.

Click here to take your selfie.

Meet Our Kid Reporters

We’re thrilled to have three student inventors who will host Road to U.S. Nationals events and provide continuing coverage after 2021 Raytheon Technologies Invention Convention U.S. Nationals.

Arianna Anderson, 9th grade, Connecticut

Arianna is the inventor of Epic Mask, which helps to prevent the spread of airborne illness using activated carbon and essential oils. She has been honored with the “Moving the World Forward” award by Raytheon Technologies at the Connecticut Invention Convention and was recently a featured guest at the inventEd Conference. “Inventing allows me to be creative and use my critical thinking skills, she says. “I hope to inspire other kid inventors like me to dream big and keep on innovating,” In her spare time, Arianna enjoys reading, riding her bike, and swimming. 

Lino Marrero, 8th grade, Texas 

Lino is a three-time Invention Convention Worldwide participant and the inventor of The String Ring, The Sole Solution and The Kinetic Kickz, for which he was featured on Good Morning America. “Invention Convention is an epic celebration where world problems are solved and the future is created,” he says. “It reminds me every year to keep challenging myself to make the future a better place.” When he is not inventing, you can find Lino playing tennis, basketball, soccer, reading or acting.

Jianna Nichols, 10th grade, Ohio

A six-time-inventor, Jianna’s inventions include The Magic Hairband, Rido Red: Red Dye 40 Detecting Device, Blindingly Smart: Boardgame for the Blind and Sighted, The Smart Accessory, and The Smart Suit, for which she has won at both the state and national level. “Inventing has become such a part of my life, and I’m always thinking about solving problems and improving the world around me,” she says.  “Invention Convention blends art and science together, while uplifting and encouraging students to take new opportunities.”  Jianna is currently working toward the Girl Scouts’ Gold Award and is part of her local Girls Who Code Club.  

Student Networking Sessions

Even though we are not in person at The Henry Ford, we want to provide our inventors the opportunity to “show and tell”. In small groups of fellow 2021 inventors, you’ll make a four-minute pitch about your invention, and then answer a few questions from other students.  Space is limited; one networking session per student please.  Register here [link to Eventbrite registration page].  

Note to parents and guardians. 1) In order to register your student for a networking session, you will need to provide the same email address and phone number used during U.S. Nationals registration to verify participation.  2) All sessions will be monitored by an Invention Convention Worldwide adult representative. 3) A Zoom link will be sent to the provided email address several days in advance.

Saturday, May 15, 4 to 5:30 PM

Hosted by Kid Reporter Arianna Anderson       

Saturday, May 22, 4 to 5:30 PM

Hosted by Kid Reporter Lino Marrero                   

Sunday, May 23, 4 to 5:30 PM

Hosted by Kid Reporter Jianna Nichols

All times are Eastern. Virtual. FREE and open only to inventors selected to participate in 2021 Raytheon Technologies Invention Convention U.S. Nationals.

People’s Choice Award

All finalists in 2021 Raytheon Technologies Invention Convention U.S. Nationals are eligible for this award. Voting is open to the finalists May 21 through May 28.  The project with the most votes will be chosen as the winner  and announced during the Awards Ceremony on June 24. 

To vote, please log into your zFairs account and go to the “Showcase”. In the Showcase you can see all of the competing projects. Click on any project to watch the video and read the project description. Then use “like” button in the Showcase to vote for your favorites (you can vote for any projects, including your own!). Inventors can vote for an unlimited number of inventions, but can only give one vote per invention.

ICW Inventor Alumni Panel

We’re thrilled to present a star panel of recent invention convention participants who have gone on to great success: Tennessee teen Maddox Pritchard who scored big on Shark Tank for his invention, Measuring Shovel, and Norah Kalb from Connecticut, inventor and founder of Ray-Board, a product she brought to market. Other inventors from across the country will be joining us in this panel discussion of star students. Q&A to follow.

Hosted by Kid Reporter Lino Marrero.

Saturday, June 5, 4 – 5:30 PM Eastern. Virtual. Free and open to all.         

Register here.

Expert Panel

Now’s your chance to ask questions of the experts, including Julie Montoya, a Raytheon Intelligence & Space lead systems engineer on a space program, and Donna Groth, Collins Aerospace technical project manager for the Mars Rover Optics program. Open to the public.

Hosted by Kid Reporter Arianna Anderson.

Friday, June 11, 7 – 8:30 PM Eastern. Virtual. Free and open to all.             

Register here.

Kahoot! Trivia Game

Come test your knowledge of The Henry Ford!  Join fellow inventors in a game of trivia via Kahoot! Each player will need two devices: one to view the game via Zoom and a second to answer the questions.  The pin number for the game will be provided once a player has logged in at game time. Winners will receive prizes from The Henry Ford and will be announced on social media.

Saturday, June 19, 4 – 5:30 PM Eastern .  Virtual. Free and open only to inventors selected to participate in 2021 Raytheon Technologies Invention Convention U.S. Nationals.

Register here.

Hosted by Kid Reporter Jianna Nichols. 

2021 Raytheon Technologies Invention Convention U.S. Nationals Playlist

To kick off this year’s celebration, check out this special playlist on Spotify:

 

2021 Raytheon Technologies Invention Convention U.S. Nationals Awards Ceremony

Thursday, June 24  Virtual. Free and open to all.   

Join us Live from the Yellow Carpet at 6:45pm ET to see the celebrities of the evening and countdown to the big event.

On with the show!  Ceremony to begin at 7:00pm ET

Streaming details coming soon!

Attention finalists: Don’t let the fun end.  You have worked hard all year – it’s time to celebrate!  Join us for a dance party at the conclusion of the award ceremony and have fun with your fellow inventors.  All 2021 finalists will be emailed a link.