CCS INVENTION CONVENTION!

B. Gasior, J. Galbreath, Gifted Resource Specialists

Calling all Inventors!! CCS is hosting the District Invention Convention on Wednesday, March 22, 2018 at the Columbus College of Art and Design! Consider participating to awaken the curiosity, creativity and critical thinking of your students! Open to all students in grades K-8, it is an exciting day with involvement and support from many community partners.

Information and Registration Materials

Invention Convention is open to ALL CCS Elementary and Middle Schools (K-8).

Note: Students must participate independently. There will not be teams this year.

School registration information will be distributed soon - watch your email. The registration deadline is typically in November. Once all schools are registered, information about the number of students each school can send will be provided to participating schools.

Learning Standards Met Through Invention Convention

The Invention League website has many student, teacher and parent resources.

Any questions? Contact Lisha Perdue at lperdue@columbus.k12.oh.us or your Gifted Resource contact at your building.

Sample Invention Convention Resources

For those who are participating in the CCS Invention Convention here are a few sample resources.

Parent Letter and Intent to Invent Form - formatted for an "at home" project

Student Resource Packet

Sample Project Student Timeline - Can be used with Student Resource Packet

Student Journal - this is REQUIRED. Must be in blue or black ink, can also be found on the Invention League website.

Invention Judging Rubric

Organizing a School Invention Convention


  • Set due date for inventions and the School Invention Convention (Prior to Feb. 16, 2018).
  • Send a flier home announcing due date and judging day. It can be helpful to make the inventions due a few days before the scheduled Invention Convention and have the students practice presenting their inventions.
  • Invite judges - friends, retired teachers, school support staff, other CCS personnel, etc...(the number of judges will depend on the number of participating students).
  • Make an EXCEL list of all participants.
  • Prepare certificates or awards of your choice.
  • On Invention Convention day, students bring in their finished projects and set them up on tables in the gym or cafeteria.
  • Have two copies of the judging rubric for each inventor.
  • Each student gets judged two times. The students can be given two rubrics. Have the judges walk around and choose kids to judge until both forms are used. Or, students can have a name tag and each time they are judged, they put a sticker on their name tag.
  • Enter the total score in the excel list and rank highest to lowest.
  • Depending on how many participants, the school is allocated to send to the district, the top scoring students go. You will know that once all schools register.
  • Submit winners to GT department by February 17 at 3:45.
  • It's also nice to let classes view the inventions if you have a lot of them.

------------Getting Started---------------

Use Videos to Introduce Inventions!

Timeline of the inventions that changed the world
Here is a Video Response Sheet that uses depth and complexity questions to get students thinking about the ideas in the video. It can be used with the above TEDed video link.

MIT+K12 Project

MIT+K12

In December 2011, Ian Waitz, MIT’s Dean of Engineering, launched the MIT-K12 project, driven by a series of questions: How can we change the perception of the role of engineers and scientists in the world? What can MIT do, right now, to improve STEM education at the K12 level? Use these MIT student generated short-form videos to get students excited about science and inventing.

Invention Lessons and Resources

Do You Know How the Flexible Drinking Straw was Invented?

In this History of the Drinking Straw lesson students can read about how the flexible straw was invented, the interesting problem it solved and how it has changed over time. Students learn the SCAMPER method of inventive thinking to identify how new inventions were created from straws and then can use materials to create their own new drinking straw invention.

Invention Mini Lessons

These invention lessons from Scholastic are ready to go, easy to use and include additional invention links.

What is an Invention? - Science and Social Studies

Inventions All Around Us - Science and Art

Top Ten Inventions - Language Arts and Math

Inventions for the 21st Century - History and Language Arts

Start Thinking Like an Inventor

The US Patent and Trademark Website is a great place to let students explore the invention process, patents and creative thinking. There are lots of teacher resources that can help you engage students in discovery learning.

These Invention Convention Task Cards can be used to spur student thinking about inventing and can be used as a learning center.

Library Resources

CML Teacher Collections - Consider setting up an Invention Reading Center in your classroom. The Columbus Metropolitan Library has simplified the process to order teacher collections and can put together a nice group of invention books for you.

Places of Invention

Places of Invention

What kind of place stimulates creative minds and sparks a surge of invention and innovation? To find out, students can click a pin on the map to start exploring. They can also add a new story for a place of invention that they know about. Visitors in the Places of Invention exhibition at the National Museum of American History will see their story on an interactive map.

Lighting Over the Centuries

Lighting a Revolution accompanies an exhibition at the National Museum of American History exploring the process of invention. The story is told in two parallel sections comparing Thomas Edison's light bulb invention with several electric lighting inventions of a century later. Objects and graphics from both sections of the exhibition can be viewed on this site, as can the complete exhibition script.

Invention and History

American History and Invention is a resource from the Smithsonian. This multimedia site includes the following teacher-selected primary sources: a video on the electric guitar; lesson plans on the American office and the history of photography; and an Advanced Placement DBQ on technological changes between 1870 and 1920.

Multimedia Invention Lessons

By searching "inventions" in the "Gallery" on the Blendspace site, you can find teacher made multimedia units about inventions. Blendspace is an online platform to create and store multimedia units and lessons. It is easy to use and free!

Invention Timeline Game

Have students play this timeline game to learn about the history of inventions.

Additional Invention Websites