Useful guidelines to streamline the invention experience

Download and print:
Inventor’s Guide to My Invention Story – A workbook to document your invention process
Educator’s Guide to the Invention GuideNEW!! – Lesson plans (Grades K-3 and 4-8), creative and critical thinking skills, vocabulary, display guidelines, and activities to supplement and coordinate the student’s Inventor’s Guide to My Invention Story and promote invention education.
Original Invention Development Guidelines – Includes guidelines for Display Boards
Goodwill Industries Re-Invent Guidelines – Includes guidelines for Display Boards
Video Guidelines – Everything you need to know about how to plan your video. Required for National Competition only.
Video Examples– Here are some links to different videos from students ranging from K through 8th grade.
Judging Rubric – Use these categories to help your students with their presentations
Invention Timeline& Event Day 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