Kaleideum Invention Convention

Invent it Forward
Where Inventors and Entrepreneurs Get Their Start


Utilize the Official Invention Convention Curriculum

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Invention Convention

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Kaleideum Invention Convention 

Kaleideum is an interactive museum of arts, sciences, and exploration located in Winston-Salem, NC. Our mission is inspiring wonder, curiosity, and lifelong learning in our children and community through interactive play and discovery.

In all our endeavors, we seek to be strong partners with our families, schools, and community members as we prepare future generations for lifelong learning and success. Invention Convention Kaleideum, with start-up support from Collins Aerospace, is part of our museum-wide initiative entitled Prism and funded by the L. David Mounts Foundation.

Through Prism programming, Kaleideum is cultivating the skills, confidence, and culture our community needs to successfully engage in problem solving and design thinking. As a new affiliate, Kaleideum strives to bring Invention Convention to K-5 students in our region and to serve as a resource for educators.

Invention Convention Overview

Hub Location

400 W Hanes Mill Road

Winston-Salem, NC 27105


Maddy Carlson, Director of Invention Convention


Monday, March 21 2022

Registration for Kaleideum Invention Convention Opens

Monday, April 25, 2022

Registration for Kaleideum Invention Convention Closes

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Kaleideum Invention Convention

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Registration for Nationals Closes

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Invention Convention Nationals Begins

Friday, June 3, 2022

Invention Convention Nationals Ends

Quick Info

Student Registration

Elected students must register on the Kaleideum Invention Convention zFairs page by Monday, April 18, 2022 for the 2021-2022 convention.


If you would like to register your school or become a community partner, please connect with Madeline Carlson, Director of Invention Convention, via mcarlson@kaleideum.org

Grading Rubric

Kaleideum Invention Convention and US Nationals Invention Convention will both follow the same judging rubric. Please review the rubric here.

Invention Curriculum

The Invention Convention Curriculum uses a framework that follows the seven steps of the invention process. It includes introductory lessons to help students get started. It also introduces students to entrepreneurial concepts to get them thinking about what happens beyond the invention process.


Schools Served


Years Established

Get Involved!

Location: 400 W Hanes Mill Road Winston-Salem, NC 27105

Telephone: (336) 767-6730

Email: mcarlson@kaleideum.org