Invent Now, Inc.
Invent Now is one of the country’s largest national nonprofits focused on promoting creativity and advancing the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship. Since our founding in 1973 as the National Inventors Hall of Fame, we have impacted more than two million children, teachers, college students, entrepreneurs, and aspiring inventors, and recognized the men and women whose inventions have revolutionized our world. Our programs include:
The National Inventors Hall of Fame and Induction Ceremony honors individuals for their patented inventions that have created entire industries and driven this nation’s economic progress. Since 1973, the Hall of Fame has recognized 487 of the country’s foremost inventors. The 2014 Induction Ceremony will be held May 21 at the United States Patent and Trademark headquarters. The National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum is located at the United States Patent and Trademark Office headquarters in Alexandria, VA.
Invent Now developed Camp Invention in 1990 as a one-week summer day camp for children in grades 1-6 that engages children to discover their own innate creativity and inventiveness through hands-on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) content. Camp Invention is hosted by schools in 49 states, impacting a diverse group of nearly 80,000 children and providing professional development and transference to 10,000 teachers and leadership interns/counselors-in-training each year.
Modeled after Camp Invention, Club Invention is an afterschool program for children in grades 1-6 that extends STEM and inquiry-based enrichment to children and provides professional development for teachers and afterschool providers. Club Invention has impacted over 75,000 children.
The Collegiate Inventors Competition recognizes students working on advanced technology research in disciplines as varied as medical devices, biotechnology, nanotechnology, renewable energy, robotics, and systems engineering. The Competition is marketed to over 2,000 colleges and universities and awards prizes to undergraduate and graduate students and their advisors. The Collegiate Inventors Competition integrates NIHF Inductees as judges, and gives the country’s foremost collegiate inventors an immersive three-day judging experience with Inductees and top officials from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
We are pleased to be a partner of the National Inventors Hall of Fame STEM Middle School for grades 5–8 and the National Inventors Hall of Fame STEM High School for grades 9-12. Both schools incorporate a Visiting Inductee Program, where National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees work with students on problem-based learning, and the Invent Now Museum, a multimedia and hands-on exhibit space featuring invention-themed exhibits.