PARENT & GUARDIAN GUIDELINES
*** VERY IMPORTANT STATEMENT FOR PARENTS ***
TO SHARE WITH THEIR VERY SPECIAL INVENTOR!
A child’s experience should NOT be diluted by the selection of winners. It is wise to remember many important discoveries and inventions were not at first accepted or appreciated for their benefits. The overall experience is intended to generate more creative thinking and problem solving skills, not to mention a greater appreciation for how things are often taken for granted yet were invented at some time by someone.
Help your child to understand the importance and numerous opportunities of participating in Florida Gulf Coast Invention Convention Worldwide. The lessons learned can raise the bar for a lifetime!
Your child’s school is invited to participate virtually in The 35th Thomas A. Edison Festival of Light Regional Inventors Fair presented by SONY Corporation and as of 2020, the Florida Gulf Coast affiliate of the Henry Ford National Invention Convention (https://inhub.thehenryford.org/icw/home). This unique educational opportunity promotes your child’s potential development of lifelong skills in preparation to meet and contribute to the demands of the future.
Opportunities for prizes and scholarships are offered as incentives to students. In breaking from tradition to conform to ICW guidelines, team projects of two are acceptable. Team projects including Science and Engineering Fair CO-registered Teams of two or more students will be judged in a Team Division, distinct from all single entries. Awards will be provided based on availability and merit. It is important to realize at the regional level only one scholarship or award should be expected per project. If selected, all team members can advance to national competition.
Sharing in the process of inventing with your children or their classmates is not only acceptable it is encouraged. The emphasis here is on being supportive rather than assuming a lead role. The Log Book is a dated and witnessed record of all the thought and work of the student and should be used to record any and all assistance provided to the student inventor.
Fairness and safety are very important for all involved. Inventors must meet all safety rules and regulations to participate in the regional fair.
Accurate, timely communication can be enhanced with access to parent/guardian phone numbers and emails, especially for elementary and middle school participants at the regional level. Student registration on the Florida Gulf Coast affiliate zFairs website will ask for contact information. The majority of information will be shared through teachers. During regional competition and through nationals, direct contact with family members is very helpful.
Virtual Competition Planned
At a minimum, School Finalists moving on to Regional Competition will be judged virtually from the paperwork, photos and video downloaded to each student’s folder. In the first round of regional judging, the student will NOT be interviewed live. Depending on the results of this judging, individual participants may be requested to make an appointment for a live virtual judging presentation. As you can imagine, this will take place over a period of time and not a single day. A two week window from the 6th to the 19th of February has been marked on the Calendar Schedule.
For safety reasons, any live virtual judging with dialog between a student and judges will have the oversight of a moderator.
Students invited to the 2022 Henry Ford National Invention Convention will be announced in a special Virtual Awards Program. Check the Inventors Fair calendar of events for the date and time. A recorded video will be made available for those unable to attend the live airing. Students will be notified primarily by email with a phone call as backup.
Finally, your child will need your permission to participate in the regional and nationally sponsored competitions. The potential for media coverage is significant. Your child may appear in news reports, special event stories or in film footage to be utilized for educational or promotional activities.
Thank you for your support and patience as we strive to provide life enhancing educational opportunities for your children. We welcome your questions and feedback.