Bring your imagination! Come learn about the design process and what it takes to get an idea working! You'll compete in on-site invention challenges and talk with practicing engineers and inventors. And, meet the cast as seen on WGBH's Design Squad Nation television show!


WHO: Students in grades 5-8 and their families

WHEN: Saturday, April 6, 2013

TIME: 10:00 am - 12:30 pm or 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

WHERE: Inventionland
RIDC Park: 585 Alpha Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15238

COST: FREE!

REGISTER: Registration required - use our online registration form!


Ideas and inventions welcome! Got an idea? Students are invited to bring their invention ideas, paper prototypes, or models to be reviewed by Inventionland inventors and receive valuable feedback! Don’t have time to put it together at home? No problem… just bring your idea. There will be invention stations with lots of supplies for you to build a prototype on-site.



Get ready for Invention Convention by checking out these resources:

The Invention Challenge

Developing an invention idea – Invention Questionnaire

The Pitch

Want to invite your friends and family? Download this printable flyer!

featured specials

  • Portraits for the Homefront: The Story of Elizabeth Black
    The poignant story unfolds as we explore Black’s lost art career, seek out elderly veterans who encountered Miss Black on the battlefield, and present to amazed and appreciative families portraits that never arrived.
  • Classical Crossroads
    Where classical music crosses paths with rock and roll, world music, folk music and jazz. Listen to interviews with people who make good music here.

featured specials

  • Portraits for the Homefront: The Story of Elizabeth Black
    The poignant story unfolds as we explore Black’s lost art career, seek out elderly veterans who encountered Miss Black on the battlefield, and present to amazed and appreciative families portraits that never arrived.
  • Classical Crossroads
    Where classical music crosses paths with rock and roll, world music, folk music and jazz. Listen to interviews with people who make good music here.

featured specials

  • Portraits for the Homefront: The Story of Elizabeth Black
    The poignant story unfolds as we explore Black’s lost art career, seek out elderly veterans who encountered Miss Black on the battlefield, and present to amazed and appreciative families portraits that never arrived.
  • Classical Crossroads
    Where classical music crosses paths with rock and roll, world music, folk music and jazz. Listen to interviews with people who make good music here.