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Kansas City Invention Convention

April 17, 2021, 9:00 am - 3:00 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 in April of 2021 for students in grades 6 through 12. 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 6 through 12, you are invited to be an Inventor! As an Inventor you will showcase your big idea at the Kansas City Invention Convention on April 17, 2021 where you will compete for prizes and an invitation to compete at the National Invention Convention at 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. On the big day you will present your invention to the public and guest judges with a display board and demonstration.

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- a requirement for the competition- 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 contact Ashley Carlson at carlsona@lindahall.org for support bringing STEMIE curriculum to your young inventors! 

Volunteers & Supporters 

Support the next generation of inventors by volunteering to mentor students, help at the big event, sponsor prizes and scholarships, and get the word out. Contact Ashley Carlson at carlsona@lindahall.org to learn more. 

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.  

 Save the date for April 17, 2021, and watch this space for details!

Linda Hall Library encourages people of all abilities to enjoy our public programs. If you require reasonable accommodations in order to participate, please contact events@lindahall.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.


April 17, 2021
9:00 am - 3:00 pm


Ashley Carlson


UMKC Swinney Rec Center
5030 Holmes Street
Kansas City, MO 64110 United States
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