HOOVER INVENTION CONVENTION
Date: April 30, 2021
Entry Form by Friday, March 5
What is an Invention Convention?
Again, this year our school will be having a special kind of science fair called the Invention Convention. It is designed to promote the development of important science skills while giving students opportunities to solve problems, think creatively, investigate, and work with data. The Invention Convention is an event that gives students an opportunity to demonstrate these skills independently as they invent a new product or process or investigate a new hypothesis. Participation in our Invention Convention is strictly voluntary. The learning experience is of prime importance rather than competition.
All students (Kindergarten-5th grade) are invited to participate. Group projects or class projects are also welcome.
We are happy to provide support this year via Invention Convention Office Hours hosted virtually via Zoom on a weekly basis. During Office Hours, we can help with answers, provide information, and any support that is required.
There is a designated area in the library with books related to inventors and inventions for your children to look at and check out. Brainstorming should be started right away to allow enough time for research, design, some trial and error, redesign, testing, and completing the invention and display. Inventions are to be done at home and students will provide their own materials.
Invention Convention Project Guidelines
∞ Choose an objective, purpose, or problem to solve for your invention.
∞ Prepare a list of materials needed to complete your invention.
∞ Display how you came up with your idea and show drawings, photos, and/or display the product or process you invented.
Invention Convention Rules for Entries
∞ Some projects may be limited due to safety factors: ABSOLUTELY NO MATCHES, CANDLES, BURNERS, OR OPEN FLAMES, NO FOOD, DRINK, OR GUM SAMPLES.
∞ Projects with live animals are permitted, but please chart your findings, DO NOT BRING THE ANIMALS INTO THE SCHOOL.
∞ NO GLASS CONTAINERS ARE PERMITTED! Projects with liquids should be contained in a PLASTIC CONTAINER.
∞ We will have a virtual non-competitive exhibit this year. Videos and photos of the projects can be submitted online by April 30, 2021.
∞ Please fill out the entry form survey by Friday, March 5th.
∞All participants will receive planning packets. Complimentary display boards can be picked up during material pick-ups at the end of March.
We would like to have a very successful Invention Convention this year for all of our budding scientists!
Thank you for your participation and support
2021 INVENTION CONVENTION IMPORTANT DATE***
Get started right away!
Begin BRAINSTORMING now and keep your eye on the COUNTDOWN
Monday, March 1 Week 1 Entry Form Survey distributed
Friday, March 5 Week 1 Entry Form Survey submitted
Monday, March 8 Week 2 Brainstorm learning materials distributed
Friday, March 12 Week 2 Scientist Virtual Office Hours (time/zoom TBD)
Monday, March 15 Week 3 Intention to Invent Virtual Form Signed
Wed/Thur, March 24, 25 Week 4 Display Board Pick-Up
Monday, March 29 Week 5 Invention steps learning materials distributed
Friday, April 2 Week 5 Scientist Virtual Office Hours (time/zoom TBD)
Spring Break Week 6: Perfect time to work on your invention!
Friday, April 16 Week 7 Scientist Virtual Office Hours(time/zoom TBD)
Friday, April 23 Week 8 Scientist Virtual Office Hours (time/zoom TBD)
Friday, April 30 Week 9 Submit your invention
How to Get Started….
Do Some Brainstorming
Think about school, work and play and ask yourself:
√ What is my biggest problem?
√ What task could I make easier?
√ What object do I use that could work better?
√ What is my favorite thing to do, and what would make it even more fun and interesting?
Look at things around you and ask yourself:
√ What would make it work better?
√ What would make it easier to use?
√ What could I add to it to make it work better?
√ What could I take away from it to make it work better?
√ What new uses could I invent for something I have?
Remember, when thinking about inventions, they can be either an object (product) or a new way of doing something (process).