The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn today announced it will host the 2018 K-12 National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo on June 1. More than 400 students from around the world will compete in the expo, which is organized by The STEMIE Coalition, a non-profit dedicated to science, technology, engineering, and math education.
The expo will be presented by United Technologies Corp., and Mo Rocca from CBS’s television program The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation, will act as master of ceremonies.
On March 19, the museum will also host the Michigan Invention Convention and Showcase, where the projects of more than 75 Michigan students will be judged. Some will advance to June’s competition. Similar competitions will be held around the nation to qualify other competitors. This is the first time students from outside of the United States are expected to compete.
“Just like Henry Ford and Thomas Edison, these young inventors are solving real-world problems,” says Danny Briere, CEO of the STEMIE Coalition. “These kids are identifying problems in our world all by themselves, problems that matter to them, and are often very personal. And the results are spectacular.”
In 2016 and 2017, the expo was held at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, but it outgrew the space. In addition to the students, 150 judges and an estimated 1,200 competitors' family members are slated to attend the expo.
The Henry Ford is a National Historic Landmark that hosts around 1.8 million visitors each year. The museum is one of five attractions including Greenfield Village and the Ford Rouge Factory Tour. More information about the event can be found here.