Unleash imagination inside this workshop filled with gadgets and gizmos that kids design and build.
Concoct and construct contraptions in a room full of spare parts, recycled and household materials, project tables, schematics and various instruments from floor to ceiling. Invention Convention is designed to walk you through the process of engineering an invention:
Design, build, code, and experiment—you may be the next great inventor!
Invention Convention exercises kids’ problem solving and creativity as they engineer their way through design challenges like building airplanes and cars. The exhibit also provides opportunities for kids to learn about coding and computer programming. Through creative problem solving, students develop and utilize their knowledge and skills in science, math, and social studies. Content includes properties of matter, force, motion, energy, electricity, geometry, measurement, and science and society.
“There was SO much to do down there in the invention part—constructing all kinds of little gadgets and then testing them.”
“We spent hours in the hands-on Invention Convention, and I suspect we could’ve spent days without getting bored.”
“Our 5 year old daughter made gliders, parachutes and lego cars and practiced the usual design technique of: design, test, modify design, re-test, etc.”
Use LEGO® bricks to build a vehicle for the Test Tracks, create epic marble runs, or encourage junior inventors at the toddler-friendly DUPLO® table.
Flying objects are one of our favorite types of invention. Learn the basics of aviation by building rockets and airplanes at the Launch Cage or aerial devices for the Wind Towers.
You can learn the basics of code as you control robots, sequence music, create animations and more.
The David and Jean Wiley Foundation