Independent Student Inventor Program
If you are a student between grades K-12 and your school district, student organization or home school program is not currently offering the Invention Convention program, you may register to participate in the Independent Student Inventor Program (ISIP). There is no cost to participate in the local or state Invention Convention program.
Note: if your school district, student organization or home school program already offers the Invention Convention program, please contact your local organization representative to find out if you are eligible to participate in Invention Convention through their organization.
At Invention League we believe all students have the superpowers to seek out problems that impact their world and invent real solutions.
Invention League will provide you the resources and tools to help you unmask your superpowers and learn to:
- Seek out problems
- Find solutions
- Develop a prototype of the best solution
- Take your invention to the next level as a new entrepreneur!
Students compete with their peers on a local level with top inventors advancing to the state finals hosted by Invention League, where they are eligible to win educational scholarships and other prizes. Locate your state final date.
Top winners at the state level will have the opportunity to advance to the annual National Invention Convention & Entrepreneurship Expo (Note: Competing in the national program may have associated costs including but not limited to: travel, overnight accommodations, parking, food and a registration fee per attendee.)
- Review the Invention Convention program Official Program Rules.
- By registering to participate in Invention Convention you are agreeing to follow the Official Rules. Register Here.
- The deadline for registration for a spring or summer state competition (depending on your location) is February 27th. Registrations received after February 27th will be considered sign ups for the invention season the following year.
- Find materials, videos and other tools to help you begin inventing based on your grade level below:
Follow the steps outlined in the Student Journal to find a problem, uncover solutions and in the end, build a prototype of your solution following the guidelines presented in the Student Journal and “Official” Rules. Use the journal as your workbook to guide you through your invention experience. The Student Journal is a required element for competition for inventors grades K-8.
- Invention Convention Student Journal – Print and complete by hand version
- Invention Convention Student Journal – complete online and then print version
Check out the fun, informative videos supporting each step of the Student Journal (approx. 8 minutes each):
- STEP 1: Identifying a Problem
- STEP 2: Understand Seek Solutions
- STEP 3: Ideate
- STEP 4: Build – Design
- STEP 5: Test – Evaluate
- STEP 6: Communication
Create presentation materials as necessary to demonstrate where you found the problem and who it impacts, how you came up with your solutions and the story of your challenges and successes along the way. Grades K-3 must complete steps 1-5 of the Student Journal. Grades 4 – 8 must include pertinent data in their presentation materials and need to complete all steps of the Student Journal.
Inventors are judged either online (via Skype or similar) or in person, dependent upon the availability of the judges. Judging dates and times will be arranged, with you for a date prior to March 15th.
Judges will score student inventors using the “Official” Invention Convention Rubric and based on the determined scores the highest scoring inventors will advance to the appropriate state Invention Convention & Entrepreneurship Competition to compete for scholarships and other prizes.
Students advancing to the state final will be notified on or by March 31.
Not all students will advance to the state final to compete, but all are welcome to attend the finals to participate in the programming and other on-site events and to learn more about the program
Questions? Write to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Invention League is a nonprofit organization aligned with the STEMIE Coalition and the National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo (NICEE). Top inventors who have succeeded in Invention League’s state competition have the opportunity to participate in the National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo (NICEE).
Questions about the Independent Student Inventor Program? Write to: email@example.com