As your students start brainstorming invention convention ideas, you may hear them say they can't think of anything to invent. In invention conventions, students generally develop creative innovations to solve real-world problems.
Annually, more than 100,000 students also participate in Invention Convention Worldwide. Students are ultimately invited to present their inventions at Nationals by way of local contests. Teams of up to four students may participate, and this year's competition will be held virtually. Find your local Invention Convention program here.
Invention Projects for Middle and High School Students
We've come up with the inventions listed below that students can use as sources of inspiration when brainstorming their own ideas.
- Device that cleans gutters
- Plastic product that holds a book while you eat
- Rake that allows you to pick up leaves without bending over
- Robot that distributes and collects student papers
- Device to hold objects for disabled people who use a walker
- Alert that signals when mail has been delivered to a roadside mailbox
- Wrapping paper that doesn't require tape
- Bird feeder that protects feed from wind and rain
- Drying rack for gloves
- Liquid that covers fade marks on blue jeans
- New board game
- New candy bar
- Comfortable swing set
- Computer program that includes graphics and music for entertaining children aged 3 months to 4 years
Inventions for Staying Organized and Mess-Free
- Billfold that organizes money by denomination for blind people
- Clothing tags to help match and coordinate clothes
- Computer program that catalogs videotapes
- Toothpaste cap that minimizes waste and mess
- Ice cream container that minimizes mess
- Chocolate-candy device that prevents ice cream cones from dripping
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