Invention Convention

Regional hub competition | Wayne County

Hosted by the STEM Innovation Learning Center at Wayne State University
 

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Invention Convention provides students in grades 3-12 an interactive and interdisciplinary opportunity to use the invention process to create and pitch an original invention project, such as an improvement or a product.

Through Invention Convention, students are introduced to a world in which they will solve their own problems and gain the confidence and 21st-century skills to invent their own future. The STEM + Invention + Entrepreneurship (STEMIE) experiential learning program offers hands-on, real-world, project-based learning activities.

The Regional hub competition for Wayne County is hosted by WSU's STEM Innovation Learning Center who provides ongoing support to educators throughout the journey guiding their students through the invention process in the weeks and months leading up to the competition series every spring.

Starting every fall, educators work with their students through the invention process and prepare them to compete at the regional hub competition in February. Educators continue to support their students should they advance from the regional level (March), to the state level (April), and the national level (June). Resources and support for educators include optional curriculum that is grade-range specific and print-ready, guidance on delivering STEM activities, materials needed to help students develop their inventions, and or technical support with students' pitch videos.
 

2021-22 Regional hub awards ceremony on Youtube:


 


Registration for educators:

Educator early bird registration for 2022-23

Educator early bird registration for the 2022-2023 regional hub competition are now open. We will begin scheduling Educator trainings and monthly Educator check-in meetings in September. Until then, please take a look at the Invention Convention Curriculum at the links below and get excited to begin teaching the Invention Process in your classroom this coming fall!

Invention Convention Curriculum

Note: Educators may access the Invention Convention Curriculum by selecting this join for free option through inHub.

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Competition series timeline: 

  • Educators register to reserve space in the regional hub competition (September - January): Educators complete the registration form to announce their participation and their estimated number of students
  • Educators guide their students through the invention process (October - February)
  • Regional hub registration period (February): Educators help their students register and submit their invention project requirements virtually
  • Regional hub virtual judging period (March): Judges review and score the student invention projects
  • Regional hub competition & awards ceremony (March/April): Top scoring projects advancing to the state level are announced  at the regional hub awards ceremony
  • State competition (April): held in person at The Henry Ford*
  • National competition (June): held in person at The Henry Ford*

*Details are subject to change as per the condition of public and community health. 


Student eligibility

Under the guidance of an educator, students may work independently on an individual project, or they may work in groups up to 4 students on a team project. All students on a project must be in the same grade range. 

Qualifying inventions awarded as the top projects at our regional hub competition in March will advance to compete at the state competition in April. The top projects from the state competition will advance to compete at U.S. Nationals in June. 

Downloadable Regional Hub

Download our one-pager PDF to learn more and share this at-a-glance overview!


Click here to learn how students compete!
 



For more information about our Wayne County regional hub competition at the STEM Innovation Learning Center, please contact Theresa Ramirez-Zipser at thezip@wayne.edu

If your school district is not within Wayne County, and you would like more information about Invention Convention Michigan, please contact inventionconvention@thehenryford.org.