How to participate

Important Dates in the WNY Invention Convention Timeline* 

(*based on last year’s schedule- 2018 event dates and milestones- TBA!)

thru May
Educators typically develop inventions with their students and hold their own Invention Convention at their school between January and May.


March 31stSuggested date to register your school (completed by teachers/scout leaders/parents- must happen before inventors/inventions are registered)

Log In to Register (School, Home-School, Scouting Program, etc.):
Please make sure to provide a contact name and email address!

Useful guidelines to streamline the invention experience.

Download our forms and guidelines which include:

•   Student/Family Contract (optional)
•   Original Invention Development Guidelines
•   Goodwill Industries Re-Invent Guidelines
•   Scoring Rubric Form (this is used by the Judges)
•   Student Registration Form (Attach this to back of final invention trifold)
•   Student Inventor Journal
•   Event Invitation (shared with parents in May)

May 19thDeadline to register each inventor & invention(s)

Register Inventors & Inventions

15 Original Inventions and 15 Goodwill Re-Inventions may be submitted by each program. Students can complete registration and pay the registration fee after advisors have uploaded their names, or advisors can manage the entire process.

Please be prepared with the following information:
• Student name & home phone
• Invention name
• Grade
• 15 Word description
• MC/Visa or PayPal account to pay $10 per Student when registration is complete

A $10 Participation Fee PER STUDENT is collected to help us meet the overhead costs of this program. Scholarships are available upon request. Most schools or PTOs have a fund for this type of participation and parents are usually more than willing to provide support.

June 4thWNY Invention Convention

Buffalo Museum of Science
1020 Humboldt Parkway
Buffalo, New York 14211

Directions and Parking

9:30 – 10:00Registration Check-in/Set-Up Group A Inventors (enter at Clinton St. side entrance)
10:00 – 10:30Registration Check-in/Set-Up Group B Inventors (enter at Clinton St. side entrance)
10:30 – 11:30Judging with Inventors
11:30 – 1:30Open viewing for Inventors and Families, Explore the Museum, and eat at the Food Trucks!
1:30 – 2:30Awards Ceremony in Auditorium
2:30 – 3:30Photography