Young inventors from across the country will converge on the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation later this year for the 2018 National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo.
The award-winning K-12 inventors will gather June 1 to compete for top honors in youth invention at the convention held by The STEMIE Coalition.
Mo Rocca, star of The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation on CBS will serve as emcee for the awards ceremony.
“What better place to have the inventors and innovators of tomorrow present their creations than at the home of those that changed the world,” said Patricia Mooradian, president and CEO of The Henry Ford. “We are honored to host these bright, talented and inspiring students who are working on building a better future.”
In addition to hosting NICEE, The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation also will serve as the site of the Michigan Invention Convention and Showcase on March 19. More than 75 student projects from across the state will be displayed and judged with the opportunity to advance to the national competition in June.
“Just like Henry Ford and Thomas Edison, these young inventors are solving real-world problems,” said Danny Briere, CEO of The STEMIE Coalition, the nonprofit that runs NICEE. “These kids are identifying problems in our world all by themselves, problems that matter to them, and are often very personal. And the results are spectacular.”
NICEE was held at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Headquarters in Alexandria, Va. in 2016 and 2017, but the number of students, judges and families participating outgrew the space. More than 400 NICEE inventors will be joined at The Henry Ford in 2018 by 150 judges, an estimated 1,200 family and friends, as well as the student entrepreneurs participating in the Entrepreneurship Expo.
Students earn the opportunity to advance to the invitation-only convention by winning regional and state invention competitions across the United States and around the globe.
The young inventors have beaten out more than 100,000 peers to qualify for the event.
Source: Press And Guide