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Inventing KC 2022: KCIC Informational Session for Educators

July 10, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Linda Hall Library’s 2nd annual Kansas City Invention Convention, an affiliate program of The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, opens this fall for students in grades 4 through 12. Students from around the Kansas City metro will be introduced to STEM concepts, entrepreneurship, and more as they are empowered to imagine new solutions to everyday challenges. With the support of teachers and mentors, and one-of-a-kind tips from living inventors and industry experts, students embark on a journey of creativity and growth. Students will present their inventions to judges at the competition in April 2022 and where they will have a chance to win prizes, scholarships and an opportunity to go to nationals.

Samantha Hollingsworth, Program Manager of the Kansas City Invention Convention, and Eric Ward, Vice President for Public Programs, will provide an overview of KCIC and answer your questions about how your students can join and succeed in the competition. If you are an educator or parent interested in KCIC, its invention curriculum, and curious about how to get your students involved, don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about this exciting program.

Speaker Bio:  

Samantha Hollingsworth joined the Linda Hall Library in 2021 and is the Program Manager for the Kansas City Invention Convention and Public Programs. She has a background in public programming, curriculum development, and research interests in the history of science and technology. She is passionate about developing programs that connect science with society and that inspire younger generations to pursue STEM careers.

Eric Ward joined the Linda Hall Library in 2006 and is Vice President for Public Programs. He has brought to Kansas City a wide range of distinguished speakers, from the inventor of the digital camera to Nobel laureates, astronauts, and Pulitzer Prize-winner historians. He has also curated numerous gallery exhibitions during his tenure at the Library.

Accessing the Program

This free, online program will take place via Zoom. Registration is currently open and will remain open until the event has ended. After you register you will receive an email with a link to join the session.

Click here to register

The Linda Hall Library encourages people of all backgrounds and abilities to enjoy our public programs. Closed captions are provided. If you require additional reasonable accommodations in order to participate, please contact events@lindahall.org or call 816.926.8753 at least 24 hours in advance of the program.

Once you register for this event, you will receive email communications from the Linda Hall Library and the Linda Hall Library Foundation. You may choose to opt out of these communications at any time. Your contact information will not be sold or provided to any third parties.

The program will also be live-streamed on the Library’s Facebook page.


July 10
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Event Category:


Linda Hall Library
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Questions? Contact Eric Ward at 816.926.8753 for more information about these events.

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