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Inventing KC: An Introduction to the Kansas City Invention Convention

February 27, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Linda Hall Library’s inaugural Kansas City Invention Convention, an affiliate program of The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, opens this spring for students in grades 4 through 12. Students from around the Kansas City metro 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. KCIC will introduce students to STEM concepts, entrepreneurship and more as they create their own inventions and have a chance to win prizes, scholarships and an opportunity to go to nationals. The competition will culminate in a virtual awards ceremony on April 29, 2021.

Eric Ward, Vice President for Public Programs, will provide an overview of KCIC and answer your questions about how to enter and succeed in the competition. If you are a student, educator, or parent interested in KCIC and its invention curriculum, don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about this exciting new program.

Speaker Bio:  

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. To help us better serve our audiences, we have included some demographic questions in the registration form. Your response to these questions is voluntary but appreciated. Thank you!

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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 livestreamed on the Library’s Facebook page.


This program is funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Its content is solely the responsibility of the Linda Hall Library.


February 27
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Questions? Contact Eric Ward at 816.926.8753 for more information about these events.

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