The Role of the Teacher
The Invention Convention is a type of science fair for students. Students will be working on their projects independently at home unless otherwise instructed by the teacher. Therefore the teacher's role is that of being a facilitator. The teacher is responsible for motivating, encouraging, and advising students; signing and distributing appropriate forms; directing the preliminary discussion about inventors and inventions; and making arrangements for the actual convention.
Teachers of primary-level children may need to take a more directive role than teachers of intermediate students. The younger children will not be able to plan independently, research, and develop an idea. They will, however, be able to put ideas together in order to come up with new and better ways of doing things. They will be able to imagine, draw, and write about new developments in science. They will bring an enthusiasm to the creative process that can be nurtured for years to come.
To become familiar with the invention process and the expectations held for students, click here to find the Invention Convention Steps for Students: Steps for Students (Grades 1 - 3) and Steps for Students (Grades 4 - 6).