Pre-Event / On-Site Media Interviews With Students Available

August 1, 2019
Student finalists in grades K to 12 from Central and South West Florida will compete at the Florida Invention Convention on Saturday, August 10, 2019. The event is being held at the University of South Florida Marshall Student Center from 9 AM to 3 PM.
The students have participated in other Invention, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and or STEM Education programs and have been invited to participate with their invention or business and were selected from Alachua, Brevard, Hillsborough, Lee, Pasco, Pinellas and Polk County School Districts for this year’s event. Winners of the state finals advance to the Invention Convention US Nationals  held at The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation next year.
“Florida is full of talented and bright young learners, and this celebration of invention gives students the opportunity to share what they have created,” said Tracy Zuluaga, coordinator of the Florida Invention Convention. “This competition gets students involved in authentic, project-based learning while demonstrating creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking — all important 21st Century Skills.”
Here’s a sampling of some of the great inventions to be showcased this year:
  • 4th grader Leandro Soria-Arteaga, for his invention Easy Cubing
  • 5th grader Phoebe Magas for her invention, The Goggle Saver
  • 6th grader Makana Salim-Uesi for her invention, RCV H20
  • 6th grader Susie Spearman, for her invention, Mouse Trap
  • 8th grader Bradley Rothbaum for his invention, Speak-Up Mobile App
  • 11th grader Shreya Mathur, for her invention, StressMaster
The event, now in its second year, has grown to over 7,000 participating students statewide.
This year’s Convention will feature guest speakers:
  • Florida’s own 20 year old Ben Stern, a 2016 Shark Tank winner
  • Carmine Denisco, event sponsor and co-founder of Inventors Launchpad, a Florida-based company that helps bring inventions to market
Members of the public and media are welcome. There is no entrance fee.
The Florida Invention Convention is sponsored by USF College of Engineering, the National Academy of Inventors (USF Chapter), Moffitt Cancer Center, the Intellectual Property Law Firm of Saliwanchik, and Lloyd and Eisenschenk. The event is organized by Bright Young Minds Coalition, a Florida non-profit that champions invention and entrepreneurship education in schools and youth organizations.
The Marshall Student Center at the University of South Florida is located 4103 Cedar Circle in Tampa.
More information about the Florida Invention Convention is available at