Inventive Kids Creating a Bright Future

Our mission is to promote creative thinking and encourage scientific problem solving for students in grades K-8.
We are proud to provide a forum that encourages creative and critical thinking, trains educators to pass on these skills, and showcases the rich creativity of our young community at our annual event. WNY Invention Convention celebrates young inventors from public, private, and charter schools as well as home schools and Scout troops.

The effort spent on research, brainstorming, and model-making shows in each inventor’s amazing displays. Even more powerful is the sense of pride seen on each face and heard in every conversation.

Remarkable innovation is shown when students pair their creativity skills with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) as they develop solutions to challenges that they've encountered in their daily lives.

The judging panels are made up of professionals from all over WNY. Judges represent many industries: Electronics, Healthcare, Consumer Products, Engineering, Law, Safety, Science, and more.

Congratulations to Our 2016 Winners
Inventor of the Year
Grades K-4
Hailie Watson, Colonial Village Elementary (Grade 2)
Inventor of the Year
Grades 5-8
Maya Kay, Olmsted School 156 (Grade 6)
Director's Choice
All Grades
Shira Symons, Kadimah School (Grade 7)
People's Choice
All Grades
Lily Sokolofsky & Ava Fox, Akron Central Middle (Grade 3)
Goodwill Industries
All Grades
Michael Scime, Smallwood Drive School (Grade 5)
Event Schedule

Sunday May 7th, 2017
11:00 AM- 4:30 PM
Buffalo & Erie County Central Library
1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, NY 14203

WNY Invention Convetnion Schedule
11:00 - 11:30
Register/Set-Up Group A Inventors

Inventors will be told whether they are part of Group A or Group B. They'll be contacted via the email address provided when their inventions were registered. (Enter at Clinton St. side entrance)

WNY Invention Convetnion Schedule
11:30 - 12:00
Register/Set-Up Group B Inventors

Inventors will be told whether they are part of Group A or Group B. They'll be contacted via the email address provided when their inventions were registered. (Enter at Clinton St. side entrance)

WNY Invention Convetnion Schedule
12:00 - 1:15
Judging with Inventors

Judging panels assigned to the invention category will interview each inventor. Judges will be listening carefully for clarity of information on each inventor's solution as well as the process of how they arrived at their solution. They will also judge on the thoroughness and clarity of the physical presentation and prototype.

WNY Invention Convetnion Schedule
1:15 - 2:30
Open viewing for Inventors and Families, Library Activities, 3D-printing, Scavenger Hunt

Inventors, Family, Educators, and Guests are invited to view all of the inventions and partake in the many library activities while the judges' scores are tallied.

WNY Invention Convetnion Schedule
2:30 - 3:30
Awards Ceremony in Auditorium

Join meteorologist Andy Parker, from WKBW Channel 7, in the Auditorium for the Awards Ceremony. The awards range from medals and certificates to STEM-related prizes donated by our generous sponsors.

WNY Invention Convetnion Schedule
3:30 - 4:30
Photography

The winners are videotaped, photographed, and interviewed.

2016 sponsors

Many thanks to everyone who supported WNY Invention Convention!

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