Westerville Schools are Gearing Up for Invention Convention

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Invention Convention assemblies are taking place throughout the school district, like this one at Mark Twain Elementary, to generate enthusiasm and encourage students to participate.

Aspiring young inventors throughout the Westerville City School District are putting on their thinking caps to come up with ideas that could eventually pay off in a big way. Participating schools will host individual Invention Conventions in coming weeks, and the winners of those events will compete at Columbus State Community College on Saturday, May 19. Competitors have been invited from schools in Franklin, Union, Delaware, Licking, Fairfield, Madison, and Pickaway Counties.

The Invention Convention is a turnkey program that comes to schools fully funded so there are no costs to students, teachers, or school districts. It is designed to inspire, encourage, reward, and recognize students in grades K-8 for using their creativity and imagination for developing new solutions to everyday problems. Many participants have taken their ideas to the next step by getting provisional or full patents and/or working with a company to turn their idea into a product that is now sold in stores. Participants also have the opportunity to win college scholarships. More than $300,000 in Invention Convention scholarships has been awarded to Ohio students during the past 15 years. For further information, please visit http://www.just-think-inc.com/columbus/index.html .