FAQs

WNY Invention Convention offers a variety of volunteer opportunities. Learn more here.

WNY Invention Convention offers a variety of workshop opportunities. Learn more here.

When Registration opens, sign up to be a judge wnyic.zfairs.com. Or use this link to directly contact a representative at WNYIC

Learn about our sponsorship packages here and see our previous sponsors here.

Our event will be LIVE at the Buffalo Museum of Science on April 30th, 2023!

Our Judges are honored to be a part of this event, as they believe deeply in supporting inventors of all ages!

 

Invention Videos still must be submitted as part of registration and will be judged for Originality online.

Our inventors must submit a 4-6 minute video explaining their process, prototype, and display board. This video will be judged for Originality by professionals in STEM fields from all over WNY.

 

You will get an email from ‘NoReply’ with reset information. Make sure to check your SPAM in case you don’t see it.

Log in to your account at wnyic.zfairs. If your student has registered their invention on their own, you will need to know their login information.

When Registration opens, create an account and register your Inventors at wnyic.zfairs.com and enter your inventor. If the parent/guardian is unable to assist the student in registering, the teacher or program leader needs to be the primary contact as an email will be sent to verify the email address as will all emails, post registration. The email will come from ‘NoReply@zfairs.com”. Each inventor will need a separate account, though they can have the same password (if the teacher is uploading many students, this will be easier!). Please go to the FAQ about teams if you are up loading team projects.

Go back into your account and click on ‘Profile” then click on ‘Edit’. If you don’t see your school, you can add it.

When Registration opens, create an account and register your Inventors at wnyic.zfairs.com and enter your homeschool or program manually.

If the parent/guardian is unable to assist the student in registering, the teacher or program leader needs to be the primary contact as an email will be sent to verify the email address. The email will come from ‘NoReply”.

For 2023, the cost per Inventor is $20 (this includes either an individual inventor or an inventor as part of a team). Payment be mail is accepted but WNY Invention Convention cannot accept any payments unless the students, their inventions, and their programs are registered by the deadline. Once that is completed, download and print the Pay By Mail form. Payment must be received before the day of the event.

Inventors can work alone or in teams of two. When the invention is registered, information for each student will be entered.  If the Inventors register as a team, they will present only one Invention Log with information for each student within. Inventor teams of two can be in different grades. However, they will compete in the grade of whichever team member is in the higher grade. Click here to begin registering.

A student can enter up to (2) two inventions (one in Original and one in Goodwill Re-Invent). And, the student only has to pay the $20 fee once!

If the parent/guardian is unable to assist the student in registering, the teacher or program leader needs to be the primary contact as an email will be sent to verify the email address. The email will come from ‘NoReply”.

 

The Invention Logbook is a valuable piece of the Invention Process and it is required in both the Original and the Goodwill Re-Invention categories. It’s a complete and accurate record of the ideas, plans, and processes by which the invention was created. Invention Logs can be used by students to prove they came up with the idea and invention. It is also a piece of the Judges scoring rubric. You can download the Invention Log here. It is not required to be in color and it also can have additional pages if necessary. It can be filled in digitally before printing. This Logbook must be submitted in pdf form as part of the Registration.

Yes. When Registration opens, create an account here and pick your child’s school from the drop-down school drop-down list. If your school is not listed, it can be filled in manually. If you are a Homeschool Family or a Troop, that will be the name of your “school”. Please send info@wnykidsinvent.org an email before Registration if you want to get on our email list for pre-registration updates.

Yes. Create an account here and pick your child’s school from the drop-down school drop-down list. If your school is not listed, it can be filled in manually.

Even though our event will be live in 2023, video submissions are still required. Because Originality is such an important part of the Judging Process, we have a separate set of judges who research the invention submissions before providing a score. This takes time and is not part of the live judging. The judges have specific criteria for these online submissions and the scores determine category winners, grade winners, and Inventors of the Year and the Directors Choice Award. You will be asked to upload your video during the registration process and your entry will not be considered complete until it is entered.

Video submissions are also required for those inventors who advance to Nationals.

To learn more about the presentation guidelines, which also include lots of helpful hints for the inventor when planning, filming, and uploading the video please click here.

To complete registration, the inventor will be required to submit their Logbook.  You will be asked to submit your logbook as a PDF during your registration and there is a dedicated button for this action.