Press Release

March 17, 2021

The Henry Ford Welcomes Raytheon Technologies as Title Sponsor of 6th Annual Invention Convention U.S. Nationals

(Dearborn, Mich. – March 17, 2021 ─ The Henry Ford’s Invention Convention Worldwide is pleased to welcome Raytheon Technologies as the title sponsor of Invention Convention U.S. Nationals. The sixth annual event will be titled as Raytheon Technologies Invention Convention U.S. Nationals powered by The Henry Ford. Raytheon Technologies has been a partner and presenting sponsor of Invention Convention U.S. Nationals since 2016. Held virtually, this year’s competition is anticipating more than 400 participants showcasing their inventions that solve problems they see in their every day lives and issues facing our world. An online awards ceremony hosted on the Invention Convention Worldwide and the social channels of The Henry Ford will take place on June 24, 2021.

“The inventions submitted through Invention Convention show that these students are ready to rise to the challenges we are currently facing and provide the solutions we as adults, might not always see,” said Patricia Mooradian, president and CEO of The Henry Ford. “They’re not only the innovators of tomorrow, but the innovators of today. We look forward to celebrating all of their hard work and thank our partners at Raytheon Technologies for assisting us in providing the mentorship needed to take these inventors to the next level.”

“The team building skills and hands-on experience gained through Invention Convention competition are invaluable to all students,” said Pam Erickson, Raytheon Technologies’ chief communications officer and head of corporate social responsibility. “Fostering an innovative spirit and career aspiration will lead to a work-ready, diverse talent pipeline for the jobs of the future.”

Invention Convention Worldwide is a global K-12 invention education curricular program mapped to national and state educational standards that teaches students problem-identification, problem-solving, entrepreneurship, and creativity skills.The program builds confidence in invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship for life. More than 120,000 K-12 inventors from across the country participate in Invention Convention Worldwide programs each year, with the hopes of advancing to the U.S. national competition.  

Students compete at local and regional levels before advancing to the U.S. national competition. Students without access to local competitions are welcome to participate by submitting a video presentation of their invention, a prototype, an inventor’s logbook showing the journey of their invention process, and a poster board highlighting key points of the invention process.

The mission of Invention Convention Worldwide is to bring Invention Education to students everywhere. Organizations interested in bringing the year-long program to their region can get more information at


About The Henry Ford
Located in Dearborn, Michigan, The Henry Ford is a globally-recognized destination that fosters inspiration and learning from hands-on encounters with artifacts representing the most comprehensive collection anywhere focusing on innovation, ingenuity, and resourcefulness. Its unique venues include Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, Greenfield Village, Ford Rouge Factory Tour, Benson Ford Research Center, the Giant Screen Experience and Henry Ford Academy, a public charter high school. The Henry Ford inspires individuals to unlock their potential and help shape a better future through a variety of channels including its online presence, its Emmy®-winning national television series, The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation, and The Henry Ford’s Invention Convention Worldwide, a global K-12 invention education curricular program that teaches students problem-solving, entrepreneurship, and creativity skills. With the support of a growing community of affiliates and supporters, The Henry Ford is the home of Raytheon Technologies Invention Convention U.S. Nationals, Invention Convention Globals and Invention Convention Michigan.

About Raytheon Technologies
Raytheon Technologies Corporation is an aerospace and defense company that provides advanced systems and services for commercial, military and government customers worldwide. With four industry-leading businesses ― Collins Aerospace Systems, Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon Intelligence & Space and Raytheon Missiles & Defense ― the company delivers solutions that push the boundaries in avionics, cybersecurity, directed energy, electric propulsion, hypersonics, and quantum physics. The company, formed in 2020 through the combination of Raytheon Company and the United Technologies Corporation aerospace businesses, is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.

For More Information:
Melissa Foster, The Henry Ford, 313-982-6126