Invent Iowa Is On Hiatus This Year

IA 2015_1_print1_Page_1The Belin-Blank Center will not be hosting the State Invent Iowa Competition during the 2014–2015 academic year.  The statewide competition will return for the 2015-2016 academic year and subsequent years.

We are taking this opportunity to conduct a needs assessment of the Invent Iowa Program. Invent Iowa, developed in 1987, is one of the Iowa’s original comprehensive statewide STEM programs. One of our goals in conducting a needs assessment is to build a stronger, more innovative program that will nurture the inventive potential of Iowa’s young makers, design-thinkers, and doers.

We will unveil the updated Invent Iowa Program and State Competition in the Fall of 2015. However, in the meantime you can still conduct your own Invention Conventions in your schools! If you have any questions or need ideas, please do not hesitate to contact the Belin-Blank Center administrator for Invent Iowa, Dr. Lori Ihrig, at

Make sure to check back to see all the exciting things that will be happening as we reawaken Invent Iowa to inspire excellence!

5 responses to “Invent Iowa Is On Hiatus This Year

  1. Will you still host the Vision of Inventiveness program this year?

  2. Unfortunately, we will not be hosting that this year, either.

  3. My child just placed 2nd in her district for Invent Iowa. She would like to pursue the idea do you offer any resources besides patents to move forward on promoting her idea?

  4. Congratulations to your daughter! While we do not currently offer those kinds of resources (we’re hoping to change that as we update the program), we recommend the entrepreneurship camp that’s a part of the Jacobsen Institute:

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