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.
 

Watch last year's 2021-22 Regional hub awards ceremony on Youtube:


 


Registration for educators:

Educator registration for 2022-23

Educator registration for the 2022-2023 Wayne County regional hub competition is now open at the link above. We will host Educator trainings and monthly Educator check-in meetings in October-November. Access the Invention Convention Curriculum at the links below and get excited to begin teaching the Invention Process in your classroom this year!

Invention Convention Curriculum (on Google Drive)

Note: Educators may access the Invention Convention Curriculum via Google Drive at the link above, or by selecting the join for free option through inHub.

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Competition series timeline: 

  • Educators register to reserve space for students in the regional hub competition (September - January): Educators complete the registration form to announce their participation and list their rough estimate number of students who will compete
  • Educators guide their students through the invention process (October - February): To request free logbooks for your students, please indicate this on the registration form or email K-12STEM@wayne.edu
  • Regional hub registration period (February 13-24): Educators help their students register and upload their recorded pitch videos on Z-Fairs to be scored by judges in advance
  • Regional hub pitch videos judging period (February 25-28): Judges review and score the student pitch videos in advance
  • Regional hub competition & awards ceremony (March 11): Students bring their project requirements in-person to compete. Top scoring projects advancing to the state level are awarded and announced 
  • State competition (April 29): 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 us at K-12STEM@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.