By Mark Morgan / EMU
YPSILANTI – Eastern Michigan University, in partnership with the Henry Ford’s Invention Convention Worldwide, will host nearly 115 young inventors grades K-12 on Friday, March 6 for the EMUiNVENT competition—the regional convention leading up to the Invention Convention Michigan and the National Invention Convention. The competition will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at EMU’s McKenny Hall, located at 878 Cross St. in Ypsilanti.
The goal of EMUiNVENT is to provide a platform to build students’ critical thinking and entrepreneurial skills. Students’ inventions can win big awards at the March 6 competition, and the outstanding projects in the regionals will participate in the 2020 Invention Convention Michigan on April 25, 2020, organized at The Henry Ford Museum.
EMUiNVENT provides students in grades K-12 with an interactive and interdisciplinary opportunity to use the invention process to create and pitch an original product at a regional convention. For their product, students must identify a problem, record the steps they take to solve it, build a model that solves the problem and ultimately demonstrate it at the convention. The students will receive help from engineers, university professors and EMU to convert an idea into a model. Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12 will each receive first, second and third awards.
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About Eastern Michigan University
Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves nearly 18,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University’s Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering and Technology; Health and Human Services; and, its graduate school. EMU is recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information, visit the University’s website.