Capital Region Invention Convention 2017

Invention Convention 2017 (IC 2017) is an annual regional and statewide invention competition for students from grades K through 8. You may have experienced the creative energy of our student inventors during previous competitions. If so, you know how much fun it is. If you haven’t participated, we invite you and your students to join in the fun. An added bonus is that Invention Convention is aligned with NYS MST Learning Standard 5, which relates to Technology and Engineering Design.
In collaboration with the museum of innovation and science (miSci) and GE Volunteers, this contest is organized and run by volunteer scientists, engineers, patent attorneys, agents and others. We believe that interdisciplinary programs such as Invention Convention have great value in the school curriculum, and we hope you and your students will participate this year.
Now in its 19th year, Invention Convention has engaged more than 15,000 students from this region in creative problem solving with us since we began in 1998, including more than 1,400 in 2016!
Regional competitions are held in the Capital District, Binghamton, Buffalo and the Finger Lakes.
The Capital District Regional Invention Convention is open to students in grades K-8. Invention Convention is made possible through the volunteer and financial support of a number of community partners.

1. Participate
2. Deadline and Dates
3. Judging
4. Design Steps
5. Student Inventor Tips
6. Resources
7. Contacts

Participate in Invention Convention 2017

> As an Educator
> As a Student Inventor (or parent/guardian of student)
> As a Sponsor

Deadline and Dates

March 10, 2017 – Deadline for submitting forms online
March 2017 – Regional Semifinalists are selected
April 23 and 24, 2017 – Models dropped off at miSci
May 5 – 18, 2017 – Models are displayed at miSci
May 18, 2017 (5:30 – 7:00 pm) – Awards Ceremony and Reception

Judging Process and Criteria

> Judging Process (view detail)
> Judging Criteria (view detail)

Design Steps

Invention Convention 2017 (IC 2017) is designed to encourage scientific problem-solving in students of all ages, as well as to promote creative thinking. Designing a new invention or a new process can be a valuable and enjoyable way to develop the skills of creative problem-solving that can be used for years to come.
To design a new invention, there are a few steps that you must follow. The first of these, which is usually the hardest, is to think of a problem that you wish to solve. Once you have decided on your problem, you must now come up with a solution. At this point you can draw a picture of your invention or an outline of your new process.

Student Inventor Tips

The following is a list of steps for your student or child to follow when preparing for the IC 2017. Please also print out a copy of the Submission Directions to assist with the process, and use the Student Invention Examples as a guide for your own disclosure form and as an example of the kind of invention that your child can submit.
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GE Global Research Center – The Capital Region is proud to be the home of the GE’s Global Research Center in Niskayuna, N.Y. This was the first industrial lab devoted to basic research in the United States. Many important inventions in lighting, power, transportation and health care were made at the laboratory, and this legacy of producing technology breakthroughs for the US and the world continues today. Additional information about GE inventions over its history can be found at
Classroom Visits – Teachers may request classroom visits by local patent professionals or practicing scientists/engineers. These volunteers from the community will share their perspective on careers that relate to invention, and will also explore the invention process with students. To request a school visit contact Lou Mazzone at the GE Global Research Center.
Lou Mazzone
GE Global Research
Museum Programs – The museum of innovation and science (miSci) offers several programs that are complementary to classroom study of inventions and the inventing process. Contact the museum of innovation and science (miSci) for more information at 518.382.7890 ext. 224 or visit miSci to view a complete list of programs for Students and Teachers at:

miSci is also presenting several workshops on inventions during December Break 2016. Visit for class descriptions and registration.


For Invention Convention Submissions and General Inquiries:
Emily Kosmaczewski
15 Nott Terrace Heights
Schenectady, New York 12308
518.382.7890 ext. 252

For Classroom Visit Requests:
Lou Mazzone
GE Global Research

For Sponsorship:
Carmel Patrick
Director of Development miSci
15 Nott Terrace Heights
Schenectady, New York 12308
518.382.7890 ext. 250
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