(Dearborn, Mich. – June 7, 2023) ─ The Henry Ford is excited to announce the return of Raytheon Technologies Invention Convention U.S. Nationals to its campus June 7- 9, 2023. The eighth annual event takes place inside the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation where more than 300 students from across the country display their inventions alongside the greatest innovations in American history. The multi-day competition comes to a close on Friday, June 9 with an awards ceremony hosted by The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation correspondent Albert Lawrence, with astrobiologist and aquanaut Alyssa Carson as keynote. More than 80 awards, including cash prizes, trophies, medals and patent applications will be handed out.
“The brilliant young students of our Invention Convention program have the power to change the world,” said Patricia Mooradian, president & CEO of The Henry Ford. “They are the problem-solvers we need today and their determination and dedication is awe-inspiring. We are proud to support and mentor these young inventors and can’t wait to see all that they will accomplish in the future.”
Invention Convention Worldwide is a K-12 invention education program aligned with national and state educational standards that teaches students problem-identification, problem-solving, entrepreneurship, and creativity skills. The program builds confidence in invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship for life. More than 166,000 K-12 inventors from across the country participate in Invention Convention Worldwide programs each year, with the hopes of advancing to the U.S. national competition.
“The passion, innovative spirit, and drive to create a more inclusive, connected, and sustainable future is a hallmark of Invention Convention students,” said Randy Bumps, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility at Raytheon Technologies. “We believe the experience and community students gain through the Invention Convention program today will set them on a path to becoming the world class engineers and technologists who solve tomorrow’s challenges.”
Students compete at local and regional levels before advancing to the U.S. national competition. To participate, students must submit a video presentation of their invention, a prototype, an inventor’s logbook showing the journey of their invention process, and a poster board highlighting key points of the invention process. Select finalists from U.S. Nationals will be invited to compete virtually against Nationals programs finalists from Mexico in the Invention Convention Americas 2023 presented by Raytheon Technologies, with an awards ceremony taking place on August 25, 2023.
The mission of Invention Convention Worldwide is to bring Invention Education to students everywhere. Organizations interested in bringing the year-long program to their region can get more information at inventionconvention.org/contact.
Located in Dearborn, Michigan, The Henry Ford, a globally-recognized destination, fosters inspiration and learning from hands-on encounters with artifacts that represent the most comprehensive collection anywhere focusing on innovation, ingenuity and resourcefulness in America. Its unique venues include Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, Greenfield Village, Ford Rouge Factory Tour, Benson Ford Research Center and Henry Ford Academy, a public charter high school. Together with its online presence at thf.org, its national television series The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation and Invention Convention Worldwide, the growing affiliation of organizations fostering innovation, invention and entrepreneurship in K-12 students, The Henry Ford inspires individuals to unlock their potential and help shape a better future.
Raytheon Technologies (NYSE: RTX) is the world's largest aerospace and defense company. Our global team of 180,000 employees pushes the limits of known science and redefines how we connect and protect our world. We are advancing aviation, building smarter defense systems and creating innovations to take us deeper into space. The company, with 2022 sales of $67 billion, is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia.
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