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The mission of The Ohio Academy of Science and the Invention Convention program is to foster curiosity, discovery and innovation and unite all who value education, science, engineering and technology, or their application, for the benefit of society. Our goals are to enhance student performance in Ohio’s Learning Standards in math, science, and language arts through administration of the Invention Convention program and to increase the interest of Ohio’s students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) careers.
The Invention Convention and its associated curriculum teaches creative problem-solving skills, innovative thought-processes and 21 st century critical-thinking skills to children in grades K-8 all across Ohio for free. Modeled after the US Patent & Trademark Office’s Project XL and aligned with national standards, the program is endorsed by educational administrators providing a complete 5-month free curriculum to teachers with full student materials. The program challenges K-8 public, private and home school students, from all-across Ohio to 1) identify a problem; 2) brainstorm solutions; and 3) build and field-test working prototype inventions. The highest-graded inventors move on to their region’s finals to compete for continuing-education scholarships.