Invention Convention | regional hub competition

 

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

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How students compete 

Students: 

  • work under the guidance of an educator through the invention process (up to 6-8 weeks).
  • develop an invention that solves a problem in their life, the life of a loved one or their world.
  • compete with an individual project, or may compete with a team project (1 to 4 students).
  • develop, test and improve their projects from now through February.
  • submit the following 4 requirements to qualify for the competition:
    1. One logbook/journal per project, to document the invention process.  
    2. One prototype per project, to demonstrate how the invention will function (prototype does not need to "work", as long as students demonstrate its purpose during the pitch).  
    3. One display board per project, recapping their invention, key findings and shows their journey inventing.
    4. One 4-6-minute pitch video per project (with help from educators), with the student(s) presenting their invention prototype for judging. Video must be unedited.  

Student invention projects: 

Projects compete at the regional hub level once their Educator pre-registers. Educators will help their students submit the above requirements in February-March when registration opens for the regional hub competition. 

Regional hub Award categories:

The top projects in the following grade ranges will be awarded at the regional hub level, and will advance to the state level competition. 

  • Grades 3-5
  • Grades 6-8
  • Grades 9-12
  • Top Project Overall (all grades)

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.