Madhava, co-inventor of the Low-Cost Portable Water Filatration System, with his mother.
Frequently Asked Questions
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No, there is no fee to participate in the Kansas City Invention Convention.
- Inventors must be in grades 4-12 and live in the 17-county Kansas City metro area at the time of registration.
- You can participate through your school, club, after-school program, or from home.
- A parent/guardian must accompany inventors on competition day.
Students in the following 17 Kansas City metro counties are eligible to participate:
Missouri – Bates, Caldwell, Cass, Clay, Clinton, Jackson, Johnson, Lafayette, Platte, Ray
Kansas – Douglas, Franklin, Johnson, Leavenworth, Linn, Miami, Wyandotte
You can compete individually or as a team. You can’t do both. The requirements for teams are:
- Teams can consist of up to three inventors.
- All team members must belong to the same grade category – 4th/5th grade, 6th/7th/8th grade, 9th/10th grade, or 11th/12th grade.
- Every member of the team must complete registration and be in attendance on competition day.
Teammates who do not register or come to the awards show will not be eligible for prizes or compete in the national and global competitions.
- Each individual or team will be allowed to submit only one invention per KCIC season.
- Only those who register and come to the awards show are eligible for prizes and a chance to compete at the national and global competitions. Teammates who do not register or come to the awards show will not be eligible for prizes or compete in the national and global competitions.
- Inventions must be an original idea or an improvement upon a product that already exists on the market.
- Invention submissions must include the following items: an invention logbook, a prototype, a display board, and a pitch. Please see the Inventor Toolkit section for more details.
- Returning competitors may resubmit the same invention every season only if there is evidence that a significant amount of innovation has occurred since the previous season.
- Invention prototypes must not be flammable, combustible, or at risk of a hazard in any way.
- This is a large venue and proper expectations about behavior and projects should be considered.
- The following items are not allowed on your person or in your project: Electric stun guns, martial arts weapons or devices, firearms, replica guns, ammunition, fireworks, mace, pepper spray, razors, box cutters, or knives of any size. Also, no balloons, glitter or confetti are allowed in any form.
Yes! Students will have the opportunity to receive support from local inventors and entrepreneurs who serve as KCIC mentors. Mentors will provide feedback on student’s inventions, prototypes, and even their pitches. Multiple mentor workshops will be scheduled in the months leading up to the awards show, so keep an eye out for those dates coming soon!
Yes, everyone is encouraged to participate! Inventors come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Are you a musician? Athlete? Artist? Do you like to cook or garden? Whatever your interest, think of something that can help you, a loved one, or even a pet, and you are on your way to becoming an inventor. Your idea might even win an award or prize!
Yes! By competing in KCIC, you have the chance to win cash prizes, scholarships, and a chance to compete in the national and global competitions! Prizes will be awarded to the Best of Show winner and their teacher, the Linda Hall Library Staff Pick, and the top three inventions of each grade category.
Best of Show – $500 and a $2500 scholarship. $500 will also be awarded to the Best of Show winner’s teacher.
Linda Hall Library Staff Pick – $300
Grade Category winners:
1st Place – $300
2nd Place – $200
3rd Place – $100
Yes! Students are encouraged to participate in other science fairs and engineering competitions.