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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
    • 2PM - 3PM  Students and families gather for awards ceremony

  • 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
    • 2PM - 3PM  Students and families gather for awards ceremony
    • Schools in Group B will share their presentations with judges, family members of student presenters are encouraged to interact with the various hands-on activities available throughout the building at this time.

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