How is this different from other Engineering and Science Programs?
- Each student determines the problem he wants to solve based on issues he has experienced in his own lives
- Solution is a real-world, practical invention of their own design
What will this cost my school?
For each school, there is a participation fee of $150. This fee provides access for a school year to all components of the curriculum for grades K-12 and can be used in an unlimited number of classrooms. Invention Convention is an exceedingly cost-effective way to get kids practicing real life skills that will last a lifetime.
Why have I never heard of California Invention Convention?
This is a new initiative here in California. Starting with the 2016 school year, we began our Pilot Project – with over 12 schools participating in Santa Clara and Santa Cruz County, and over 400 students going through the program. We held our first state-wide Invention Convention in April 2017. In 2018, our state-wide California Invention Convention hosted 130 young inventors from around our state — and by 2020, we grew to over 200 inventors participating in our virtual event. Today the program is being taught both in classrooms and afterschool programs across the state and over 4500 students are participating in the program.
Since it’s so new, why would I want my school or classroom or students to participate?
While the initiative is new in California, it is well established in other states. The Connecticut Invention Convention has been doing this for 35 years – – and they generously have shared their curricular resources with us. Other established states include Ohio and Idaho.
My school already has Invention Education. Can we participate in California Invention Convention (and National Convention)?
Yes you can! There are some criteria around inventions that every inventor must follow – but if those criteria are met, the more the merrier. Students must first attend the state Convention and then selected students are invited to the National Convention. Contact us so we can discuss it further.