Ways You Can Help

We have several areas where you can participate. Learn more about how to become a volunteer by contacting us.

  • Event Staff – Helping to set up, registration and check-in, publicity, clearing up – so much to do!! There are Conventions at your local school where your help is needed. And of course, the state-wide Invention Convention in the Spring can only be a success if we have lots of volunteer help. If you are interested in helping with the Regional or State Conventions, please click here.
  • Judges – An important part of invention education consists of getting feedback and being valued – and this is in part what you do as a judge.  There is a short training prior to the judging and we supply you with the rubrics you will need. For information on judging the IIC, please let us know.
  • Mentors – Not every child’s family is able to give him or her the support needed in the invention process. Mentors work with children one-on-one, discussing potential problems to solve and ways to approach the problem, providing encouragement. Mentoring is a commitment of 1-2 hours a month. For some children, you as a mentor will make the difference so that he or she can believe in themselves.
  • Marketing – As we grow, we need to spread the word about our vision, accomplishments and plans. We want every school in Washington that currently has invention education to participate in the state-wide Washington Invention Convention. We want all other schools to have at least one class participating in invention education.  We need help getting our message to communities, schools, and school districts across the state.

Thank You Volunteers!

Invent Washington is always in need of helpful volunteers of all ages. If you are passionate about helping students learn, enabling their inquisitive and creative nature, or just love kids and innovation, you’re the perfect person to get involved.

To keep our costs low and our student scholarships as high as possible, Invent Washington relies on our very small staff and a talented pool of local volunteers.  No matter what your age or profession, if you love working with students and believe in the importance of teaching our youth critical thinking skills, we’d love to talk with you about a role as a volunteer on our team.