Kansas City Invention Convention
April 29, 6:30 am - 8:30 pm
The Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering, and Technology has partnered with The Henry Ford Museum to celebrate and inspire the next generation of inventors in Greater Kansas City. The first annual Kansas City Invention Convention will be held virtually in the spring of 2021 for students in grades 4 through 12, culminating in an awards ceremony on April 29, 2021. In addition to challenging young inventors to bring their ideas to life at the competition, Invention Convention makes available the free K-12 Invention Convention Curriculum for area educators. Find out how you can get involved below!
If you are a student in grades 4 through 12, you are invited to be an Inventor! As an Inventor you will showcase your big idea at the Kansas City Invention Convention in the spring of 2021 where you will compete for prizes and an invitation to compete in the National Invention Convention via The Henry Ford Museum in Michigan.
You will work with a teacher, coach, or other mentors to prepare for the competition. With their help, you will explore the basics of the invention process and work to identify a problem that needs solving. Then you will design a solution and check that your idea doesn’t already exist. During your process, you will keep an Inventor’s Log to document your work and build a prototype of your invention. Finally, you will present your invention to the our judges and join us for an award ceremony in April to celebrate your achievements!
Educators & Facilitators
Teachers, home schoolers, coaches, after school facilitators, youth group leaders, and others who help young people realize their big ideas can connect their young inventors to this exciting opportunity. Those in a more formal learning setting may take advantage of the free K-12 Invention Convention Curriculum while others may choose to help students by adapting the materials and activities to their settings. In either case, you’ll use the Invention Convention’s free resources to help your young inventors complete the Invention Logbook and to understand the invention process- a great opportunity for real-world learning and creativity!
The Invention Convention Curriculum is free and designed to align with Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards, making it ready for any classroom. But it’s not limited to teachers- after-school and other youth groups may easily adapt the materials and activities to fit their setting. Visit the Invention Convention Educator site to learn more and our staff for support bringing STEMIE curriculum to your young inventors!
Volunteers & Supporters
Support the next generation of inventors by volunteering to be a judge! Judges will have a brief training to prepare, then have time to review online submissions. One round of judging will take place in March to provide constructive feedback to our Inventors as they work to complete their projects. Then a final round of scoring will take place in early April to identify our award winners!
Kansas City Invention Convention is an affiliate of Invention Convention Worldwide, an initiative of The Henry Ford Museum. Top inventors from Kansas City’s Invention Convention will be selected to participate in the invitation-only national competition.
Linda Hall Library encourages people of all abilities to enjoy our public programs. If you require reasonable accommodations in order to participate, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 816.926.8753 at least 24 hours in advance.
This program is funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Its content is solely the responsibility of the Linda Hall Library.