U.S. Nationals 2024

RTX Invention Convention U.S. Nationals 2024 will be held at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, MI on June 5-7, 2024

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About RTX Invention Convention U.S. Nationals

RTX Invention Convention U.S. Nationals is hosted annually at The Henry Ford and showcases student inventors from among thousands who compete at state and local invention competitions.

Qualifying student inventors travel to The Henry Ford for a multi-day experience which includes:

· Presenting their invention to a panel of educational and industry expert judges.

· Meeting and engaging with other student inventors, professional experts and special guests.

· Participating in educational experiences, culminating in the awards ceremony.

· Exploring the venues of The Henry Ford.

Each qualifying invention is eligible for over eighty grade level, category, industry and patent application awards, cash prizes and scholarships.

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Event Schedule

9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Check-In and Setup

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Orientation (optional)

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Inventor and Family Lunch

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Orientation (optional)

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Inventor and Family Dinner in Greenfield Village

9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Morning Judging Session (inventor will only be judged at one session)

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Inventor and Family Lunch

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Afternoon Judging Session (inventor will only be judged at one session)

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Inventor and Family Dinner

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Inventor Group Photo

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Inventor Showcase

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Inventor and Family Lunch

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Pre-Ceremony Event

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Award Ceremony

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Display Breakdown and Departure

2023 Speakers and Presenters

Awards Ceremony Host

Albert Lawrence

A Virginia native, Yale University graduate, and Coca-Cola Scholar, Albert Lawrence is a media entrepreneur and TV personality with 12+ years of journalism and production experience.

Special Guest

Dasia Taylor

Dasia Taylor is a trailblazing STEAM advocate, sneakerhead, and technology innovator who has been nationally recognized for her exceptional scientific achievements.

Special Guest

Dr. Rory Cooper

Biomedical engineer Rory Cooper developed innovations in wheelchair technology that have improved manual and electric wheelchairs, and advanced the health, mobility and social inclusion of people with disabilities and older adults.

Special Guest

Madeleine Key

Madeleine Key has been writing about inventors and the licensing business model for more than 15 years.

Special Guest

Jonathan Walker

Jonathan Walker is an Invention Convention Worldwide Student Reporter for the 2022-2023 school year who recently completed his first year at Duke University.

Special Guest

Damian Earley

Damian Earley is a longtime Invention Convention participant and has been inventing since the second grade.

Special Guest

Alyssa Carson

Alyssa Carson is an astrobiologist with the goal of training as an astronaut and being selected for future human spaceflight to Mars.

Special Guest

David Coronado

David Coronado joined The Lemelson Foundation in 2016 to help equip schools and school districts, across the United States and internationally, with innovative tools and resources that help empower youth with cutting-edge skills and confidence to design their own futures.

Engage Students

About Invention Convention Worldwide

Invention Convention Worldwide teaches students problem-identification, problem-solving, entrepreneurship, and creativity skills and builds confidence in invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

The K-12 invention education program convenes a community of educators, business leaders, parents, and students through competitions, events, and a flexible, project-based curriculum aligned to educational standards.

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