Invention Convention – STEM Project


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Guide your students through the engineering design process with the Invention Convention! An easy to use, student led STEM Project!


Your purchase secures a downloadable zip file with PDF and .docx files that are ready to implement tomorrow!


The Invention Convention Includes:


19 page student booklet with:

  • To Do Checklist
  • Define a Problem
  • Brainstorming Solutions
  • Pre Conference Form with Teacher
  • Develop a Model
  • Materials List
  • Materials Request Letter
  • Daily Progress Logs
  • Create a Poster
  • 2 User Testimonials
  • Self Evaluation
  • Formative Rubric
  • Summative Rubric


2 page fully editable Rubric


Inventions Webquest, useful for assigning during the teacher conferences


7 Mini Lessons Covering

  • Day 1: Project Overview
  • Day 2: Technology and Engineers
  • Day 3: Obsolete Technologies
  • Day 4: Steps of the Engineering Design Process
  • Day 5: Intended Benefits and Unintended Consequences
  • Day 6: Engineering and Society
  • Day 7: Preparing for the Invention Convention


Parent Letter


This project is focused on covering the Science and Engineering Practices outlined by NGSS:

  1. Asking questions (science) and defining problems (engineering)
  2. Developing and using models
  3. Planning and carrying out investigations
  4. Analyzing and interpreting data
  5. Using mathematics and computational thinking
  6. Constructing explanations (science) and designing solutions (engineering)
  7. Engaging in argument from evidence
  8. Obtaining, evaluating and communicating information




Read this blog post to see more examples of student work!



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NGSS Standards covered:

MS-ETS1-1 Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.

MS-ETS1-2 Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.

MS-ETS1-3 Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.

MS-ETS1-4 Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.


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