Invention Convention

Invention Convention

April 27, 2017

4:00p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Location: North Shore Church, 100 W. 33rd St, Hastings, NE 68901

Registration Packets were sent to school districts in January.


1.     Students must be in grades 1st – 8th to participate.

2.     An entry must be either a completely new product or item, or an improvement to a previously existing product or item.

3.     The invention must be the work of a single student or team of two students and must be an original work of the student(s).

4.     Once a pair, always a pair. If students enter as a pair, they MUST participate all the way through the Invention Convention as a pair. Students cannot change partners or drop a partner once the Invention Convention registration has been submitted.

5.     The student(s) must produce a functioning prototype or model of the invention.

6.     In order to be judged for inclusion in the ESU #9 Invention Convention, a completed registration form with a sketch of the invention must be submitted to Laura Ochsner before the deadline on the registration form.

7.     In order to participate in the Invention Convention, the inventor(s) must agree to attend the Convention for the duration of judging.  Arrival of inventions and set-up for displays must take place at the designated times. All inventors must be at their invention at the time of judging.

8.   Students will be responsible for transporting their inventions and displays to and from the convention site on the day of the convention. The Invention Convention staff will not be responsible for collecting or returning any materials left behind.

9.    Students whose inventions are selected for the convention should be prepared to explain and discuss their invention as part of the judging process. Students should plan their brief oral presentations carefully.

10.  At the convention, each inventor will be responsible for providing all necessary invention displays. Inventors are limited to a table area approximately 32” high and 32” x 32” on the top surface of the table. If special materials are needed (i.e. tape, electrical cords, etc) the inventor is responsible for supplying those.

11.  If an invention requires power, we strongly suggest inventions be battery powered. Battery power is preferred to electricity since there is limited access to electrical outlets. Please let us know ahead of time if you need power.  Exposed flame is not allowed.

12. The presentation should include a student-made display.  This may include a display board, PowerPoint presentation, or other form of electronic presentation. The presentation shall contain the following information:

·       Name of the invention

·       A statement of its purpose

·       A diagram of the invention

·       A description of how the invention works

·       A statement of how the invention would improve quality of life now or in the future

The display should be designed to fit the allotted space and may not extend past the dimensions of the table (except a vertical display, which may be set up behind the invention). It is the inventor’s responsibility to attach and support the display board.

13. A STUDENT LOG must be completed and displayed with the invention.  The log should include entries that document the student’s successes and failures, triumphs and disappointments, research completed, patent search documentation, skills gained, student reflection on the process, etc.  Please include a hard copy of digital logs.