The David and Jean Wiley Foundation Invention Convention
Step into a workshop of gadgets and gizmos where kids create, concoct and construct contraptions and use their imagination to become inventors! Dream-up and design in a workshop filled with half-finished contraptions, bins of spare parts, project tables, schematics and various instruments from floor to ceiling. Experiment with LEGO® bricks, propellers, magnets, batteries, switches and buzzers through facilitated, hands-on experiments and mini-workshops.
What's In Invention Convention?
- Wind Towers – Construct devices using materials like plastic bags, water bottles and Styrofoam cups and use air blowing from fans to make the device hover in mid-air or blow out the top of large tubes.
- Bytes and Bots – Learn the basics of robotics and see how different types of sensors can activate different outputs such as lights, moving parts and sounds.
- Color and Light Studio – Create visual effects using lenses, colored gels and other objects to bend and change light.
- Cranks and Cams – Explore how cams and gears can be used to create many different motions. Use these motions to create a toy, tell a story, make a new tool or display kinetic sculpture.
- Inventors’ Gate – The main entry to the exhibit, this space provides stories about both famous and local inventors as well as display inventions from contests. Both the stories and the displays continue throughout the exhibit space.
- Inventor's Workshop – Make your own sodas, inventing glowing jewelry, creating newspaper towers, build motion machines and much more. The activities change weekly, so check our calendar.
- Launch Cage – An iconic, 14 foot tall structure in which visitors build and test paper rockets and airplanes, modifying them each time in order to create the most optimal design.
- Hands-off Maze – Move pieces through a sealed maze using tools you develop and build to fit through the holes on the top and sides of the maze.
- Sound Studio – A mini-Foley studio where visitors experiment with different sounds and can combine the sounds to invent a totally unique sound effect or “musical” composition.
- Test Tracks – Build, test and rebuild cars out of LEGO® bricks in an effort to create cars that can travel the furthest, fastest, and through an obstacle course of hills, valleys, jumps and winding roads.
- Widget Wall – Invent a system of tracks, gears, levers and other simple machines as you create a dynamic mechanism that will sort out different types of balls.
Programming in this exhibit is proudly sponsored by:
The David and Jean Wiley Foundation
Inventors' Workshop is proudly sponsored by:
and Total USA