Useful guidelines to streamline the invention experience

Download and print:
Original Invention Development Guidelines – Includes guidelines for Display Boards
Goodwill Industries Re-Invent Guidelines – Includes guidelines for Display Boards
Video GuidelinesREQUIRED for 2023! 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.
•  Invention LogbookREQUIRED for 2023! –A very important way to document the process.  Click here for info on how to upload Invention Log at Registration. (This format is NOT required. Please use the info for reference if you are creating your own format) Bring your Logbook to the event- the live Judges need to see it!
Educator’s Guide to the Invention LogNEW!!!  This has extra vocabulary, display guidelines, and lots of Creativity Tools
Judging Rubric – Use these categories to help your students with their presentations
Invention Timeline
Day of Event Schedule

Educator Workshops

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K-12 Invention Curriculum Find curriculum and other info about National Invention Convention California has many lessons to browse through!

K-12 Learning Standards See how these standards apply to Invention Education

Creativity Tools

PPCO A way to evaluate ideas and provide constructive criticism
SCAMPER tool and a great video that shows it in action. A fun way to generate many ideas!
Take-Apart A way to teach observation and understand how things are put together
Literacy & Invention. Together! Many children’s books- each with different invention tools and lessons to encourage solving challenges within the stories

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.

Top 10 Inventions By Kids-A fun video that shows 10 surprising things invented by kids!

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

Institute for Arts Integration and STEAM-Providing Arts Integration and STEAM professional development for educators

What is the Public Domain on the Internet?-Understand what is and what isn’t protected by copyright law