Useful guidelines to streamline the invention experience

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Video Guidelines FOR THE ONLINE EVENT: Everything you need to know about how to plan your video
Video Examples– Here are some links to different videos from students ranging from K through 8th grade.
•  Student Invention Log Required for 2021! –A very important way to document the process. Download and save this to your computer and type into it before printing or print and write. Click here for info on how to upload Invention Log at Registration.
Educator’s Guide to the Invention Log  NEW!!!  This has extra vocabulary, display guidelines, and lots of Creativity Tools
Original Invention Development Guidelines
Goodwill Industries Re-Invent Guidelines
Judging Rubric Use these categories to help your students with their presentations
Student Registration Form (Attach this to back of final invention trifold. Bring second copy to day of event) For Onsite events only
•  Invention Timeline
Day of Event Schedule
Student/Family Contract (optional) (the student brings this home at the beginning of the process) For Onsite events only 

Educator Workshops

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K-12 Invention Curriculum

Creativity Tools


Creativity and Invention sites

Kids talk about why they love to invent!

Buffalo Museum of Science-Aside from the great science exhibits, Makeshift Lab offers workshops and a great place to tinker.

By Kids For Kids-An educational and family marketing company that connects its clients to teachers, students, and households with innovative marketing, corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs, and national competitions.
Camp Invention-Program offered by the National Inventors Hall of Fame

Inventor Ed-Kids Inventor Resources

US Patent Office-A site for kids with games, trivia and great links to other sites

National Inventor’s Hall of Fame-Links to many invention & patent resources, workshops and camps.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT)-A site with info on awards, outreach and links to inspire the next generation of inventors

Boy Scouts-Boy Scout Merit Badge and resources for Inventing

Girl Scouts-Girl Scout Merit Badge and resources for Inventing

WNY STEM-Children’s Books on Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and the Arts

Education Closet-Providing Arts Integration and STEAM professional development for educators

What is Intellectual Property?- Learn the terms and types of intellectual property