Important Dates & Times

Thursday January 14, 2021 at 12:00 PM
Wednesday April 21, 2021 at 3:00 PM
Friday May 14, 2021 at 3:00 PM
not specified
not specified
Sunday April 18, 2021 at 6:00 PM
Thursday April 29, 2021 at 6:30 PM
Thursday April 29, 2021 at 8:30 PM


  • The Kansas City Invention Convention is open to students in grades 4 through 12 (classroom or homeschool activity, after-school program, or on your own)
  • KCIC is open to both individual and team competitors
    • There is a limit of three members per team. 
  • Submissions must include all of the following items. Failure to submit one or more will result in disqualification.
    • Inventor Logbook
    • Photo of the Prototype 
    • Pitch Video 
    • Display Board
      • This can be a photo of a handmade board or the file of a digital board. ​​​​​​​


The Linda Hall Library’s inaugural Kansas City Invention Convention, an affiliate program of The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, opens this spring. At the KCIC, students in grades 4 through 12 from around the Kansas City metro are empowered to imagine new solutions to everyday challenges.

With the support of teachers and mentors, and one-of-a-kind tips from living inventors and industry experts, students embark on a journey of creativity and growth. KCIC will introduce students to STEM concepts, entrepreneurship and more as they create their own inventions and have a chance to win prizes, scholarships and an opportunity to go to nationals.


What to Expect During the convention

Agriculture and Food
Animal Care and Pets
Consumer Goods and Fashion
Earth and Sustainability
Education (Technology, Systems, Tools, Hardware
Health and Medical
Home Organization and Appliances
Manufacturing and Tools
Sports, Games, and Toys


Volunteer judges will review submissions between April 18 and 24

Scoring will include:

  • Invention process (identifying, ideating, designing and building, and testing and refining): 45%
  • Invention impact (market potential, social value, originality): 25%
  • Inventor communication (logbook, display board, prototype, pitch video: 30%


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