Invention Convention FAQ

Send your questions via email to Mrs. Flynn: btaylorflynn@hamptonpublicschool.org and check back frequently for answers!
  1. Will a step-by-step process and/or timeline be available
  2. How much tme should my child spend on this?
  3. Is participation mandatory?
  4. Can my child work with a partner or sibling?
  5. How much of this work will be done at school?
  6. Will inventions be judged? Will there be a winner?
  7. How much help should I expect to give my child?



Will a step-by-step process and/or timeline be available

Yes. Look for it during the first week in April.
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How much tme should my child spend on this?

Answer #2 (blank)
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Is participation mandatory?

For students in grade 5-8 -- Yes, participation is a graded assignment. For all other students, participation is encouraged and voluntary.
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Can my child work with a partner or sibling?

Absolutely. Although students in middle school must carefully document the invention process (journal, photographs, sketches, etc.)
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How much of this work will be done at school?

Very little school time will be devoted to this process. Students will be given time to research inventions and complete the "Intent to Invent" form. All actual "inventing" is to be done at home and brought to school on April 27th.
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Will inventions be judged? Will there be a winner?

For middle school students--The entire invention, research, and display process will be graded according to the rubric. All participants will receive a certificate that acknowledges their hard work.
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How much help should I expect to give my child?

Parents should provide support and encouragement, but should not participate overmuch in the actual invention process. Brainstorm with your child, discuss ideas and materials, help your child assemble the bits and pieces necessary for invention. This event is a celebration of your child's creativity and critical thinking, you are not expected to become actively involved with the invention.
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