How will you invent the future?

What will you be known for?

January 1 – April 29, 2021

KC Invention Convention 2021

Join us for the inaugural Kansas City Invention Convention

What do Thomas Edison, George Washington Carver, Madame Curie and Bill Gates all have in common? An idea that sparked their imagination and then grew to change the world as we know it.

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.

The future is ready to be invented



You can invent the future. Do you see a problem that needs fixing? Make chores or everyday activities easier for yourself and others. Become an inventor during the inaugural KCIC and bring your idea to life!



Bring invention to life for your students through the KCIC. Resources, tools and other information will help you and your students along the journey and realize their potential.


Mentors and Judges

The KCIC is always in need of helpful volunteer judges and mentors. If you are passionate about supporting students as they learn and grow, and are excited about invention and entrepreneurship, please join us!


Sponsorship Opportunities

As a KCIC sponsor, you create a path for youth from the Greater Kansas City area to not just envision a better tomorrow, but get hands-on experience creating it. Help inspire the next generation and bring invention, entrepreneurship, and STEM to life for students in our community.

Kansas City Invention Convention Sponsors and Community Partners

This event made possible by:


March 15

Deadline to submit Intent-to-Invent Form

March 27

Deadline to submit and upload inventor logbook for review

April 17

Final submission and upload of invention project

April 29

Awards ceremony

Get registered today!

Registration for the 2021 Kansas City Invention Convention is now closed. We hope you will follow along with this year’s inventors and consider joining us as an inventor in 2022!