Press Release

April 24, 2019

The Henry Ford’s Michigan Invention Convention Returns April 27 In Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

(Dearborn, Mich. – April 24, 2019) – On April 27, 2019, Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation will welcome nearly 200 students for The Henry Ford’s second annual Michigan Invention Convention from 10 am - 2 pm. Michigan Invention Convention provides students in grades 3-12 an interactive and interdisciplinary opportunity to use the invention process to create and pitch an original product at a state-wide convention. Approximately 1500 students participate in the Invention Convention program throughout the year across the state.

Winners of the state finals advance to The Henry Ford’s Invention Convention U.S. Nationals which will also be held in  Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, May 29 – 31.

“The Henry Ford is committed to creating opportunities that advance innovation, invention and entrepreneurship within the state of Michigan and around the globe in an effort to ignite an innovative mindset particularly among students,” said Patricia Mooradian, president & CEO, The Henry Ford. “We developed the Michigan Invention Convention to give these young minds a platform and a place for their inventions that, in some cases, are solutions to  real-world problems. These youth inventors are offered the chance to display their creations inside Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation and consult with community leaders and educators on how to take their product to market.”

The Michigan Invention Convention provides a live, in-person opportunity for youth inventors and entrepreneurs to display their critical thinking skills through inventing, innovating and entrepreneurial activities. They’re tasked with identifying a problem, creating a solution and then presenting it to a judging panel. Students compete in three age brackets, grades 2-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Judges then select one first place winner and one runner up from each grade bracket along with one grand prize winner from the competition.

Kettering University hosted Michigan’s regional event earlier this year and attracted more than 400 students. Winners from the regional event will be participating in this year’s state competition.

The Henry Ford will also welcome local cultural institutions and organizations that are connected to the ideas of innovation, invention and entrepreneurship as showcase partners and workshop providers as part of the event. Students, families and educators will have the opportunity to participate in crafts, demonstrations and other activities throughout the day.

In addition, the institution will host an Educator Open House on that day from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm. Educators interested in checking out Michigan Invention Convention will receive free admission for themselves and one additional guest to Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. They will also have a chance to vote for their favorite student project and in return receive tickets to Greenfield Village, Ford Rouge Factory Tour and vouchers for the Giant Screen Experience. To register for the Educator Open House, please visit

About The Henry Ford

Located in Dearborn, Michigan, The Henry Ford, a globally-recognized destination, fosters inspiration and learning from hands-on encounters with artifacts that represent the most comprehensive collection anywhere focusing on innovation, ingenuity and resourcefulness in America. Its unique venues include Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, Greenfield Village, Ford Rouge Factory Tour, Benson Ford Research Center and Henry Ford Academy, a public charter high school. Together with its online presence at, its national television programs, The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation and Did I Mention Invention? and other resources, The Henry Ford helps individuals of all kinds to unlock their potential and help shape a better future. The Henry Ford advanced its role as a catalyst for change in education with the acquisition of The STEMIE Coalition, a growing affiliation of organizations dedicated to fostering innovation, invention and entrepreneurship in students, K-12. With STEMIE, The Henry Ford hosts the National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo (NICEE) and makes innovation learning curriculum accessible to educators and students worldwide.

For more information:
Melissa Foster, Media and Film Relations Manager, 313-982-6126