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?
The Florida Invention Convention is sponsored into the school systems based on generous grants by local businesses. There are no fees for taking part at this time, and even in mature programs nationally, cost rarely exceeds $150 per school for unlimited kids. 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 Florida Invention Convention?
This is a new initiative here in Florida. This year we look to reach 300 of the lowest performing elementary schools throughout the state of Florida with 100 of those schools being in the Tampa Bay area! We are excited to announce that we will be hosting Florida’s very first invention convention in the Spring of 2018.
Since it’s so new, why would I want my school or classroom or students to participate?
While the initiative is new in Florida, 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. While Florida had only 1 inventor attending the 2017 National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo, there were hundreds of inventors there from around the United States. This year, we plan on sending a much larger delegation.
My school already has Invention Education. Can we participate in Florida 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. If you are interested, contact us so we can discuss it further.