Help invent the future as a KCIC Volunteer!

Kelly Ann, inventor of the Baby Saver, with her father.


Whether you are interested in serving as a competition judge or can share your professional expertise as a mentor, there is a spot for you. Join today and become part of Kansas City’s invention community!

Time commitments and expectations for each KCIC volunteer opportunity vary. Please review the descriptions of each role below to determine which best suits your availability.

Support the next generation of inventors by volunteering with us at KCIC! Volunteer registration will open soon. Until then, contact invent@lindahall.org to learn more.


KCIC strives to inspire curiosity, confidence, and creative problem-solving skills in Kansas City youth. We also believe that the invention process should be an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Mentors will work with students on all facets of the invention process: refining an idea, building a prototype, and making a pitch. As a mentor, you will serve as a STEMIE role model to help foster an interest in sci-tech careers.

Mentors FAQ

We are looking for people who have real-world invention and entrepreneurial experience to serve as mentors. If you have developed an innovative product, own a business, or have start-up experience, then you may be the perfect fit.


Judging for KCIC 2022 will take place on Saturday, April 23, 2022. Using a scoring rubric, judges will review student projects on their originality, effectiveness, practicality, and need. Judges will engage with the inventors directly by listening to their pitch, asking questions about their invention, and providing positive feedback.

Judges FAQ

KCIC judges should be adults who are comfortable engaging with children in grades 4-12, enthusiastic about STEMIE initiatives, and are fair and able to adhere to the scoring rubric. Judges will be working in groups of three, so they must also work well in a team.

If you know a student participating in KCIC, you must disclose this information during registration and must be able to judge unbiasedly.  

Want to Learn More?

If you have additional questions about KCIC or participation, please visit our FAQ page or contact invent@lindahall.org.