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This page has basic information about how schools can get involved with the Chicago Student Invention Convention.

Please visit the Resources page for links to teacher curriculum and program related documents.

How do schools implement the program?

The program is designed to be flexible (weeklong/full-semester/after-school/independent) and can be implemented in many different ways. Teachers are welcome to use the program in whatever way works best for them.  Only teachers can know their own staffing, budgets, interest, and students’ needs.

Each school should also have a school-wide Invention Convention competition/open house to recognize all of the participating students.  A set number of finalists will then move on to the network competition.

Potential models are:

  • Invention Week (intense, focused, time sensitive)
  • Invention Day (one day each week, moderate structure, longer build)
  • After School (after school, weekend, club format)
  • Independent Study (completely student driven, highly independent)

How much does it cost?

This program is free. All educational materials are on-line and available to teachers, students, and parents. There is no registration fee.

Where and when is the Chicago Student Invention Convention?

The Invention Convention preparation will occur during the spring semester and will culminate in the final competition between participating schools near the end of the school year.

How can my school get involved?

If you are interested in learning how your school can participate, please contact Mitch Hufnagel, the program manager: [email protected]

What is the role of the primary teacher contact?

The primary teacher contact from each school will be responsible for the following:

  • Facilitates communication between Invention Convention coordinator, school staff, and other participating teachers at the school
  • Organizes the school-wide Invention Convention

Who is eligible to participate in the Chicago Student Invention Convention?

Any student Kindergarten through 8th grade from participating schools is eligible to participate. There will be a total of 300 projects accepted at this year’s event, chosen from the finalists of the school-wide competition.  The number of students selected to participate from each grade in each school is TBD, based on percentage of enrollment in each school.

Interested in getting involved?

Contact the Chicago Student Invention Convention Program Manager:

Contact Allison James

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