Invention Convention Frequently Asked Questions
What is Invention Convention Worldwide?
Invention Convention Worldwide is a global K-12 invention education program that teaches students problem-identification, problem-solving, entrepreneurship and creativity skills and builds confidence in invention, innovation and entrepreneurship for life.
Invention Convention Worldwide’s global community of affiliates and supporters collaborate in developing curriculum and programs, growing the community, and keeping one another informed about new insights and breaking developments.
What is ICW's Vision?
What is ICW's Mission?
What are ICW's Goals?
Invention Convention Worldwide's goals are as follows:
- Increase the return on investment on STEM and Entrepreneurship by more effectively bridging these disciplines, with a stronger and more innovative collective outcome.
- Instill problem-identification, problem-solving, entrepreneurship and creativity skills for life to inspire young people to become innovators, inventors and entrepreneurs over the course of their K-12 careers.
- Activate STEMIE (STEM + Invention + Entrepreneurship) education through competitions, events and a flexible, project-based curriculum aligned to education standards.
- Showcase the innovative thinkers from among hundreds of thousands of young people who compete at various levels across the U.S. and from countries around the world.
Why The Henry Ford?
A force for sparking curiosity and inspiring tomorrow’s innovators, inventors and entrepreneurs, The Henry Ford fosters learning from hands-on encounters with authentic artifacts. Through its 26 million artifacts, unique venues and resources — Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation™, Greenfield Village®, Ford Rouge Factory Tour, Benson Ford Research Center® and Henry Ford Academy®, as well as online at thf.org and through the TV programs The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation and Did I Mention Invention? — The Henry Ford helps all individuals to unlock their potential and help shape a better future.
The Henry Ford leads the Invention Convention Worldwide community and works to make STEM + Invention+ Entrepreneurship (STEMIE) learning accessible to educators and students worldwide. As part of our leadership in invention education, The Henry Ford powers events like the Invention Convention U.S. Nationals, curriculum and professional development.
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What Is the History of ICW?
The STEMIE Coalition (STEMIE), a new initiative that emerged from the principles of the highly successful 33-year old Connecticut Invention Convention, was founded to elevate K-12 invention and entrepreneurship education to a national level. The STEMIE (STEM + Invention + Entrepreneurship) Coalition was designed to make an extensive, immediate, and measurable impact on youth invention and entrepreneurship by being an umbrella organization that “rolls up” efforts of 600 concurrently operating K-12 youth invention and entrepreneurship programs across the U.S
In 2018, The Henry Ford acquired The STEMIE Coalition and formed Invention Convention Worldwide.