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 2018 Winners
Inventor of the Year
Grades K-4
Amanda Lovell (Grade 4) Smallwood Drive
Inventor of the Year
Grades 5-8
Mason Herington (Grade 6) PS 156 Fredrick Law Olmsted
Director's Choice
All Grades
Karter Baker (Grade 5) PS 156 Fredrick Law Olmsted
People's Choice
All Grades
Rebecca Higgins (Grade 7) Akron Middle
Goodwill Industries Re-Invent
Grades K-3
Sofia Wieczkowski Smallwood Drive
Goodwill Industries Re-Invent
Grades 4-8
Kayley Gust Smallwood Drive
WNYIC Original
Grades K-2 GroupA
Brian and Sean Bartelo Homeschool
WNYIC Original
Grades K-2 GroupB
Cooper Jones PS 67 Discovery
WNYIC Original
Grade 3 GroupA
William Genau Smallwood Drive
WNYIC Original
Grade 3 GroupB
Hailey Werth West Street Elementary
WNYIC Original
Grade 4 GroupA
Sophia Donovan Eden Elementary
WNYIC Original
Grade 4 GroupB
Amelia Lovell Smallwood Drive
WNYIC Original
Grade 5 GroupA
Alessandra Ferrer PS 156 Fredrick Law Olmsted
WNYIC Original
Grade 5 GroupB
Natalie Huber PS 156 Fredrick Law Olmsted
WNYIC Original
Grade 5 GroupC
Charlie McDonnell PS 156 Fredrick Law Olmsted
WNYIC Original
Grade 6
Mason Herington PS 156 Fredrick Law Olmsted
WNYIC Original
Grades 7-8
Maya Kay PS 156 Fredrick Law Olmsted
April 29th, 2018 Event Schedule

WNY Invention Convention Schedule
9:30 - 10:00
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.

WNY Invention Convention Schedule
10:00 - 10:30
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.

WNY Invention Convention Schedule
10:30 - 11:30
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 Convention Schedule
11:30 - 1:30
Open viewing for Inventors and Families, Explore the Museum and eat at the Food Trucks!

Inventors, Family, Educators, and Guests are invited to view all of the inventions and partake in the many museum activities while the judges' scores are tallied. And...check out the Food Trucks parked outside of the Museum!

WNY Invention Convention Schedule
1:30-2:30
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 Convention Schedule
2:30-3:30
Photography

The winners are videotaped, photographed, and interviewed.

2018 sponsors

Many thanks to everyone who supported WNY Invention Convention!

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