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|
|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
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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.
Hosted by Kid Reporter Arianna Anderson
Hosted by Kid Reporter Lino Marrero
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.
Hosted by Kid Reporter Arianna Anderson.
Friday, June 11, 7 – 8:30 PM Eastern. Virtual. Free and open to all.
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.
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.