California Invention Convention is an initiative to bring invention education into California schools and to celebrate the young inventors with a state-wide event. In the 2015-2016 school year, we did a proof-of-concept at Pacific Elementary in Davenport with 20 children from Grades 5 and 6 inventing and sent 4 of these young inventors onto the 2016 National Invention Convention in Washington DC. We are now running our pilot program — with 20 plus schools participating — some in Santa Cruz County and some in Santa Clara. The schools participating in this pilot program are using curricula shared with us by the Connecticut Invention Convention.
Our first state Invention Convention will be held in the Spring 2017 in San Jose. Along with those schools that are part of the pilot program, we are reaching out across the state to include other California schools that currently have invention education programs. We want this state Invention Convention to truly represent as much of California as possible.
California Invention Convention is a 501(c)(3) affiliate of the non-profit STEMIE Coalition.
Check out our Goals through 2021.