The Ellen DeGeneres show features kid inventors.
If you are interested in applying to the Ellen Show, here’s the link:

Our very own Invent Idaho Best of Show winner, Alex Knoll, appeared on the Ellen Show, which has had more than 17 million views.  View video here



National Invention Convention 2017 video.  Click here to view or copy/paste this url into your browser:


Mulitple Idaho young inventors featured! 




For further information, contact:  Beth Brubaker 208-660-4349

Idaho Young Inventors Shine at National Invention Convention


Young inventors from Idaho won six major awards at the National Invention Convention in Washington, DC., May 20-21.  The event was hosted by the US Patent Office and Trademark Office. Over 240 young inventors in grades 3-12 from 21 states participated in the first National Invention Convention, created by the STEMie Coalition.  Sponsors included Microsoft, United Technologies, Stanley Tools, and the Lemelson Foundation.  One third of the 18 Idaho attendees placed at this auspicious event, which was a superb showing for Idaho. 

The  2016 Idaho winners were:

  • Corrine Pixton, a 4th grader from Boise, Idaho, won two awards for her “Mow Safe” invention:  Second Place for all Fourth Grade inventions and the Government/Safety Award sponsored by the Washington Home Land Security Roundtable.
  • Joshua McKenna, a 6th grader from Rathdrum, Idaho, won the prestigious “Best Poster” display award for his “Porta Potty Survival Kit” invention.  This clever display was in the shape of a porta potty mounted on a turntable, so that all sides containing information about his invention could be viewed easily.
  • Evelyn Hollis, a 5th grader from Meridian, Idaho, won the Community and Societal Benefits Award for her invention “The Learning Pod”, which would help the homeless gain educational skills.  The Community Award was sponsored by the Lemelson Foundation.
  • Zachary Linford, a 3rd grader from Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, won the Environmental Award for his invention “The Hawksbill Hatchling Helper”, which is designed to assist endangered baby turtles to find their way to the ocean.
  • Pragathi Durga Rajarajan, a 6th grader from Boise, Idaho, earned the highly-coveted Jules Verne Award for her “Tornado Catcher” invention, which would cause tornadoes to dissipate.  The Jules Verne award is for highly theoretical and futuristic invention ideas.



Young inventors in grades 1-12 are inspired and recognized for their innovations through the Invent Idaho student invention program, an annual event which includes three Regional qualifying invention competitions and the Invent Idaho State Finals.  Inventors’ projects are judged and awarded in grade level divisions as well as five categories:  Working Models, Non-Working Models, Adaptations, Gadgets and Games, and the Jules Verne Category.  Winners at each Regional competition progress to the Invent Idaho State Finals, held at the University of Idaho in Moscow.  Best of Show and Best of Category winners receive Science kit awards, as well as an invitation to “pitch” their invention at the University of Idaho’s Engineering EXPO.  In addition, top inventors were invited to the first National Invention Convention in Washington, DC.  For further information about how to participate or become a sponsor, visit


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Invent Idaho state winner, Gus Hickman, appears on NBC’s Today Show as a “Make the Future” finalist!  Check out Gus’s bike helmet invention by clicking here.**************************************************
Live webcast of the Invent Idaho 2015 State Competition Awards Ceremony, hosted by Radical Rick.

Invent Idaho Featured on KHQ Television hosted by Radical Rick!


Young inventor, Carson Magee, acknowledged by Idaho State Legislature.



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Time Warner Cable Supports Invent Idaho

Invent Idaho, and its parent organization, I Cubed Inventions, are honored to announce a partnership for 2015 with Time Warner Cable.  Time Warner Cable is providing a $5000 sponsorship for Invent Idaho, so that our children can be inspired, get ignited, and continue inventing!  We are thrilled at Invent Idaho to be growing exponentially as we are promoting our mission to inspire, encourage, and recognize students for their inventions, designs, and innovations.  Visit Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds initiative is all about inspiring the next generation of problem solvers and inspiring kids to pursue STEM education and careers—so really our partnership is a perfect match!  Be sure to check out Time Warner Cable’s “Connect A Million Minds” program at  We look forward to seeing you at our 2015 Invent Idaho events as we celebrate the learning and achievement of our students. 


One parent’s words describing her family’s experience at the 2013 Invent Idaho State Finals:
“My son said, ‘It felt like my heart was going to beat out of my chest” and ‘…it was as if I were in a dream.’  Then later he began to shout with joy throughout the house.  Both my husband and I were fighting back the tears of joy .  Check in was brief, the venue is great, the center stage science show for ALL to enjoy during Press time was fantastic, the awards ceremony moved quickly, the emcee had great wit, clarity & rhythm (everyone around us was laughing & engaged).  Our son is motivated to move forward [with his idea]!”

View the entire Invent Idaho State Finals on You Tube!



Idaho State Legislature unanimously declared an “Invent Idaho Day”!

Young inventor Invent Idaho Day at the Capitol 2014

Young Inventors at Invent Idaho Day at Capitol 2014


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 The University of Idaho is an outstanding venue and a gracious
host for the Invent Idaho State Finals.
Winners are listed in AWARDS page of this Invent Idaho website.
Check out INVENT IDAHO on Facebook! Lots of great young inventors’ photos!

Mark Peterson of KXLY Channel 4 news to emcee 2013 Invent Idaho State Finals!