Educator Information

What is Invention Convention 2015?

Finger Lakes Invention Convention 2015 is an educational program for public and private school students from grades 1-8. The goal is to stimulate the development of students' creativity and imaginations, thereby building a new generation of American inventors.

By teaching the inventing process, teachers can encourage the growth of creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving abilities. Interdisciplinary by nature, students have an opportunity to solve real-world problems in a way that is fun and frequently enhances their self-image. Inventions offer a curriculum opportunity where everyone can succeed!

How can Invention Convention help my students and my teaching?
Invention Convention is designed to encourage scientific problem solving as well as to promote creative thinking. Involving students in a project that requires them to think about a problem, then to develop a product that solves that problem, will develop skills to meet the following standards:
  • Creating and Participating in the Arts (Arts 1)
  • Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing for Understanding (ELA 1)
  • Knowing and Using Arts Materials and Resources (Arts 2)
  • The Understanding of Common Themes that connect math, science, and technology. (MST 6)
  • Career development (CDOS 1)
  • Analysis, Inquiry, and Design (MST 1)
  • Integrated Learning (CDOS 2)
  • The use of Information Systems (MST 2)
  • Foundation Skills (CDOS 3a)
  • Mathematics (MST 3)
  • An Understanding and application of Science (MST 4)
  • Interdisciplinary Problem Solving (MST 7)
  • The Understanding of How to Create and Maintain a Safe and Healthy Environment. (HPEHE 2)
  • The application of technological knowledge and skills to design, construct, use, and evaluate products and systems to satisfy human and environmental needs. (MST 5)

The opportunity to meet so many New York State Standards using inquiry-based teaching allows for a fun, constructive, and efficient use of class time that will form long-lasting memories.

How your students can enter: Every student entering the competition must fill out their own Student Invention Entry/Disclosure Form which includes a description and sketch of their invention. It is important that the entry forms and drawings are as clear as possible. Presentation is an important part of the application since the judges will be more inclined to select an invention that is clear and understandable. Make sure that the Student Invention Entry/Disclosure Form is signed by a parent or guardian.

Please mail your completed form to:

Invention Convention 2015 Entries
Attn: Steve Nash
151 Collenton Dr.
Rochester, NY 14626