Inventors Fair

31th Annual Thomas A. Edison Festival of Light Regional Inventors Fair
January 19 – 22, 2018

Since 1988, the Thomas A. Edison Festival of Light Regional Inventors Fair has been inspiring students across Southwest Florida to “hatch an idea.” In a rapidly changing, highly competitive world, new ideas must be generated in every aspect of a business to keep it healthy. Most successful businesses constantly assess and reinvent themselves.

“Ideas are useless unless they are nurtured. They can grow into inventions and inventions can change the course of history!”

Through our Regional Inventors Fair, students in grades K through 12 learn age appropriate creative thinking techniques, intellectual property rights, product development, marketing vs. licensing options, and business. Additionally, the Fair is designed to:

  • raise self esteem,
  • assist children with the application and synthesis of knowledge and skills,
  • experience the scientific and engineering practices,
  • encourage creative thinking,
  • motivate students to learn,
  • tie together the curriculum,
  • develop higher order thinking skills,
  • enhance library, computer, research, and entrepreneurial skills, and
  • better prepare students for tomorrow’s challenges.

This Fair Program teaches participants what to do with an idea, what steps to take to develop it, protect it, pay for it, and eventually share and profit from it.

Competition Levels:

The 2018 Thomas A. Edison Festival of Light Regional Inventors Fair will be held Saturday, January 20th at Alico Arena, Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, Florida.

Students will present in Elementary (Grades K-5), Middle School (6-8), and High School (9-12) Divisions. Fair participants are drawn from public, private, parochial and home-schools in Charlotte and Lee Counties. The Awards Ceremony will be at Edison Park Creative and Expressive Arts School in Fort Myers on Monday, January 22nd at 7:00 PM.

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Regeneron Science Talent Search (STS): Any student enrolled in and attending his or her last year of secondary school may apply.

Why Enter an Edison Fairs Competition?
  • All students have an opportunity to present their work to the public, other students, and some of the approximately 300 category and special award judges.
  • All participants receive a certificate of participation.
  • Grade Level Awards, including First, Second, Third, and possibly Runner-Ups, are awarded by judges based on Originality, Safety, Research, Marketing, and Presentation.
  • Division Winners are selected in each of three grade levels: Elementary School, Middle School, and High School
    • Elementary, Middle, and High School Division Winners receive an honorary ride in the Edison Festival of Light Grand Parade.
  • In addition, 30+ area companies, private, professional and governmental organizations present Special Awards based on each organization’s criteria.

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