Children’s Museum Accepting Entries To The 21st Annual Young Inventors Showcase

February 16, 2009

Local children in kindergarten through 8th grade are eligible to enter an invention in the 21st Annual Young Inventors Showcase of Houston for a chance to patent an idea for free. The Children’s Museum of Houston is hosting the competition, in which entrants may use household materials to create their designs and follow the common rule of invention: “How can I make something better?”


The competition will center on the all-new Invention Convention exhibit, one of the Museum’s seven state-of-the-art expansion exhibits housed in its brand-new building.  In the exhibit, kids experience the processes involved in the act of invention and ingenuity. 


In addition to the patent application, the winner will be recognized on the exhibit’s Inventors Gates, where they will join the ranks of other famous inventors, including Thomas Edison who invented the light bulb, Arthur Fry who invented Post-Its, and George de Mestral who invented Velcro.


Entry in the showcase is free. Download the entry application online at


Entrants must submit their application and a photograph of their invention for evaluation by April 10. Those chosen for the finals will be notified by May 4 and must be on-site at the Children’s Museum with their prototype display from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 30 for final judging. Categories include a grand prize plus each age group includes a first, second and third prize winner.


InstantNewsWestu Staff

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