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 are using curricula shared with us by the Connecticut Invention Convention.
Our first California Invention Convention was held April, 2017 in Santa Cruz with amazing results. We have recruited additional schools for the 2017-18 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.
California Invention Convention is a 501(c)(3) affiliate of the non-profit STEMIE Coalition.
Check out our Goals through 2021.