Rise to the Challenge:
Regional Invention Convention
The annual Regional Invention Convention provides students the opportunity to share their creativity with their peers and to receive recognition and be awarded for their efforts. It challenges the strongest inventors to come together to learn from one another while they compete!
Students present their inventions and Rube Goldberg Machines to judges building their social skills and public speaking ability. The children are eager to share their ideas and field questions to get valuable feedback on their inventions. The parent of an 8th grader wrote, "He loves inventing and is very gifted in mechanical construction. This program has given him a chance to use his abilities. Thank you!" Many reflected on invention as being "a chance to put their minds in action-- to be challenged!"
The event will be held at Southern New Hampshire University on Sunday, April 2, 2017. Sponsored by Fidelity Investments, the celebration brings together approximately 200 students to showcase their creativity and problem-solving skills and be rewarded and recognized for their efforts and typically draws a crowd of approximately 500 friends, family and supporters.
LOCAL SCHOOL INVENTION CONVENTION
The process of planning and holding a School Invention Convention is thoroughly detailed in the Teacher's Guide. These events can be as small as one classroom of students, a single grade level, a small afterschool program group, an entire school, or multiple grades or schools within a District. Enlist teachers, PTA members, or parents from another grade to judge. Be as creative as you like to make it your own! Invite parents, grandparents and siblings to attend.
Award medallions are awarded to students, as well as sponsored specialty awards. The experience isn't about the winning-it's about the fun in learning!