Yesterday was the 30th Annual Invention Convention at the University of Connecticut (UConn) Storrs campus.
Approximately 690 inventors ages kindergarten through 8th grade. 320 or so adults, all engineers, scientists, educators, and business people, gave up an incredibly beautiful early May morning to judge and inspire the young inventors. Tens of volunteers. Overall, thousands of people.
Folks in the United States recognize UConn as a basketball powerhouse. The women’s basketball team just won the NCAA national tournament, its 8th… which is a staggering number for any college basketball program, men or women.
What’s the relationship?
The basketball teams compete in the Gampel Pavilion on the UConn Storrs campus. The state wide Invention Convention also takes place in the Gampel.
If you haven’t been there, it is breathtaking to see all of the posters and banners celebrating all of the successes of both teams. Just walking in you feel the building oozing success and achievement… athletic achievement.
But on Saturday, 690 kids got a different message: ACADEMIC achievement, creativity and innovation, were just as worthy of celebration.
The Connecticut Invention Convention is made possible by the Connecticut Invention Convention non-profit in conjunction with the UConn School of Engineering and is supported by Connecticut firms.
If you’d like to learn more about this incredible program, please see the website (www.ctinventionconvention.org) and/or contact me!