Maxim Integrated celebrated its 35th anniversary this year by hosting the second annual 2018 California Invention Convention on April 14, 2018. While celebrating Maxim Integrated’s 35 years of innovation, the company chose to host and highlight this event that empowers young inventors and supports innovative problem-solving in California schools.
Last year’s California Invention Convention was held at the Harbor High School in Santa Cruz on April 29, 2017.
This year's convention was held onsite at Maxim Integrated’s headquarters with more than 125 youngsters showing their creative inventions and innovative solutions.
Maxim is the first Silicon Valley company to host the California Invention Convention’s state-wide finals. Top finalists will be invited to join other student inventors from around the country on May 31-June 2, 2018 at the Henry Ford Museum in Michigan.
See this video on Facebook; you will see my friend Mariel Santos, Sr. PR Manager, Corporate Communications at Maxim Integrated interviewing Dave Dwelley, Vice President and Chief Technical Officer for Maxim Integrated at the California Invention Convention click here for the video. It’s a long video, but just fast forward to some of the children’s innovations---I love that they get a chance to be technically creative and excited about their ideas!
I think it is so important that students have opportunities to learn disciplined inventive thinking; this builds out future techies and fosters innovation, entrepreneurship, and a diverse workforce to meet America’s tech needs in the future. They get a unique opportunity to put into action making, coding, science, engineering design, robotics, mathematics and more.
The California Invention Convention goals are to bring STEM invention education to 1 million K-12 students in California by 2021; they will also provide opportunities for students to be recognized for their inventions through regional and state conventions; and all qualified student invention programs will be included as part of the state-wide California Invention Convention program.