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Thank You!

We are SO grateful for the opportunity to work with so many amazing teachers, students, and families as a result of this project! We wish each of the students advancing to the State Invention Convention the very best! Be sure to checkout photos from the event on our Facebook page and this article from CM Life!

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New for the 2019-2020 academic year, The Center for Excellence in STEM Education has partnered with The Henry Ford Museum and the Michigan Invention Convention to offer students in the central Michigan area an opportunity to participate in a regional convention.

About Invention Convention

Building on a school event that might be familiar to many people, the Invention Convention is a bit like a science fair...for makers!  Fueled by their own curiosity, students have gone through the invention process with the help of their teachers, parents, and Center staff members to identify a need they'd like to meet or problem they want to solve.  From there, students researched existing solutions (if any) to their problem, and began developing a plan for their invention.    

The day of the Convention, students will set up their presentation boards to share with friends, family members, and our panel of judges their invention process and the learning they did along the way.  In addition to the critical thinking that went into the invention process, students will touch on entrepreneurial skills as they consider the intended audience and marketing strategies for their invention as well. 

Participating Schools for 2019-2020

For this inaugural regional convention, The Center has partnered with the following schools.  If you are interested in learning more about the Invention Convention and/or collaborating with The Center on other opportunities, please contact us


Important Information

Individual teachers will be providing basic information to students and families about work that may need to be completed along the way.  Some teachers are doing everything during class, some in afterschool clubs, and others are allowing students to work on projects at home.  Be sure to contact your child's teacher with specific questions related to your child's involvement in the Invention Convention.

  • Saturday, February 29, 2020
  • Education and Human Services (EHS) Building, Mt. Pleasant, MI

  • Group A Schedule:
    • 9AM - 10AM             Arrive for set up, check in on 1st floor of EHS
    • 10AM - 11 AM            Students present to friends, family, and/or the public
    • 11AM - 12PM              Lunch
    • 12PM - 1PM               Students present to judges
    • 1PM - 2PM                Students present to friends, family, and/or the public
    • 2:00PM - 2:15PM     Awards Ceremony French Auditorium

  • Group B Schedule:
    • 9AM - 10AM            Arrive for set up, check in on 1st floor of EHS
    • 10AM - 11 AM           Students present to judges
    • 11AM - 12PM            Students present to friends, family, and/or the public
    • 12PM - 1PM              Lunch
    • 1PM - 2PM               Students present to friends family, and/or the public
    • 2:25PM - 2:45PM   Awards Ceremony in French Auditorium

The work of the Center for Excellence in STEM Education is generously supported in part by the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation.