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. During 2016-17, we ran 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 used Invention Education curricula shared with us by the Connecticut Invention Convention.
Our first California Invention Convention was held April, 2017 in Santa Cruz with 55 young inventors attending and eight top inventors chosen to attend the national event. We continued to grow the program through the 2017-2018 school year — training new teachers and welcoming new schools into the program. Over 1500 students went through the program in their classrooms and 130 young inventors attended the 2018 California Invention Convention held at Maxim Integrated in San Jose on April 14, 2018. Eighteen of our top young inventors were chosen to attend the National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo (NICEE) held May 31-June 3, 2018 at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, MI.
We have recruited additional schools for the 2018-2019 school year and are excited about the level of enthusiasm among teachers, students and parents. We want this state Invention Convention to truly represent as much of California as possible and are expecting 200 young inventors on April 13th, 2019 at Maxim Integrated in San Jose for our 3rd Annual California Invention Convention. Our winners will attend NICEE May 29th-May 31st at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, MI.
California Invention Convention is in the process of becoming a 501(c)3 and has a tax-exempt EIN. We are affiliated with The STEMIE Coalition – a program of The Henry Ford in Dearborn, MI.
Check out our Goals through 2021.