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April 13th 2024 California Invention Convention for Northern/Central California

We are so excited to announce that the Northern/Central California Invention Convention will be held LIVE on April 13th, 2024 at the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento.

Photographs - California State Railroad Museum This is a fantastic space for our event and we are so grateful to the folks at the Museum for sponsoring our venue this year.  The Museum is right in Old Town Sacramento — so  there is plenty for families to do after the event.

 Find the April 13th schedule here.

Student Registration
Judge Registration
Volunteer Registration
Teacher Registration
  • Closed.  If you are a teacher who hasn’t yet registered and want to be sure your students are considered for this event, please email Brenda Payne 

Two State Competitions….Exciting News About the California Invention Convention!!

The California Invention Convention has grown to the point where we will be having two competitions this year – one for Northern/Central California and the other for Southern California.  The California Invention Convention Southern Region is presented by Torrance Unified School District and sponsored by Torrance Refining Company and will be held on March 23, 2024  at El Camino College in Torrance, CA.  Winners from this event go onto the National Invention Convention at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, MI.

Schools and school districts in the following counties are included in the Southern Region:

  • Kern
  • Imperial
  • Los Angeles
  • Orange
  • Riverside
  • San Bernadino
  • San Diego
  • San Luis Obispo
  • Santa Barbara
  • Ventura

Schools and districts that are part of the Southern Region need to be registered before January 12, 2024 on their website:: California Invention Convention Southern Region.

Congratulations to our 4 winners at the Americas 2023 Invention Convention!!

Read all about them here.  To see the full list of winners and view the award ceremony, check out the America’s 2023 website

2023 California Invention Convention

Our 2023 California Invention Convention is completed for this year.  Our congratulations to each and every student who was invited to participate – you are the best of the best!  And congratulations to those students and inventions that were recognized for special achievement.  Our deepest thanks to our judges who gave of their time and their thoughtful input to make sure each entry was carefully reviewed.  We also want to call out a special thanks to the teachers, program leaders and parents who inspired and encouraged these young inventions And to all our for our event – thank you, thank you, thank you!

Click here to read about all the participants and winners at the 2023 California Invention Convention.



 Latest in Professional Development – January 2024- March 2024

We are offering online seminars that detail step-by-step how to bring an Invention Convention program to your school    Click here to learn more and register.

  • January 9, 2024 (4-5 PM) – Judge Training
  • February 6, 2024 (4-5 PM) – Display Boards and Powerpoint Slides
  • March 5, 2024 (4-5 PM) – How to Create a Quality Video for the Invention Convention


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 The California Invention Convention envisions a day when EVERY child in California has the chance to follow his/her natural curiosity, invent creative solutions to problems, and be inspired to achieve his/her highest level of personal accomplishment. Through these efforts, California’s future will be brighter and its workforce more capable and productive.

The California Invention Convention is a registered 501(c)(3) with a tax-exempt EIN 84-3492216.  We currently do not charge the schools or students for the curriculum or attendance at our annual event.  We rely strictly on sponsors and donations for which we are most grateful. Please donate here.

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