Important Dates & Times

Tuesday February 12, 2019 at 12:01 AM
Sunday May 12, 2019 at 11:59 PM
Wednesday May 29, 2019 at 1:00 PM
Friday May 31, 2019 at 6:00 PM
Thursday May 30, 2019 at 9:00 AM
Friday May 31, 2019 at 5:00 PM

Competition Rules

Please refer to the rules in the following webpage:  National Invention Convention Rules

Address questions to:

About Us

STEMIE Coalition is an education framework that elevates youth invention and entrepreneurship education to a core part of K-12 education. STEMIE stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math linked to Invention and Entrepreneurship (STEM+I+E) and maps essential unstructured problem-solving teaching activities to core STEM curricula and standards. The STEMIE framework also allows for the standalone teaching of invention and entrepreneurship outside of STEM – enabling all kids to learn life-long critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

In 2018, The Henry Ford advanced its role as a catalyst for change in education with acquisition of The STEMIE Coalition, a growing affiliation of organizations dedicated to fostering innovation, invention and entrepreneurship at the K-12 level. Through The STEMIE Coalition, The Henry Ford hosts the National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo and makes innovation learning curriculum accessible to educators and students worldwide.

The STEMIE goal is to train every child in every school once, better twice, in invention and entrepreneurship skills.

For more background on STEMIE and how it impacts your learning environment, click on the following links:

Public Display

Inventions will be open for viewing:

  • Friday, May 31 during the museum hours


NICEE 2018 Event Schedule

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019: Arrive in Dearborn, Michigan via trains, planes and automobiles | Registration & Orientation | Explore The Henry Ford Museum

Time Activity
1:00pm – 5:00pm

Registration & Orientation at The Henry Ford Museum (Orientations run 2pm,3:30pm & 5pm), Prototype set up

6:30pm – 9:30pm

Welcome Party at Greenfield Village

Thursday, May 30, 2019: Competition Day | Explore The Henry Ford | Dinner at The Henry Ford

Time Activity
  Breakfast at your hotel
8:45am – 11:30am Buses depart to The Henry Ford Museum
9:00am – 5:00pm Judge Circles
5:00pm – 7:00pm Strolling Dinner & Private Museum Access (must have credentials for entry)

Friday, May 31, 2019: NICEE Programming | Picnic at the Pavilion | Explore The Henry Ford

Time Activity
  Breakfast at your hotel
9:30am – 1:30pm Buses depart to The Henry Ford Museum
11:00am – 2:00pm People's Choice Judging
  International Showcase
  Awards Ceremony and Dinner

Saturday, June 1, 2019: Passes to The Henry Ford Museum remain valid through Saturday for families to visit on their own – Explore The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, Greenfield Village, Ford Rouge Factory Tour & the Giant Screen Experience

For the most up to date schedule, visit:

Agriculture and Food
Animal Care and Pets
Consumer Goods and Fashion
Earth and Sustainability
Education (Technology, Systems, Tools, Hardware
Government and Financial
Health and Medical
Home Organization and Appliances
Manufacturing and Tools
Sports, Games, and Toys

Judging Criteria

Please follow this link to see the Judging Criteria.  National Invention Convention 2019 Judging Rubric


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