Site of NICEE 2018: The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

November 10, 2017

NICEE 2018 — Today’s Young Inventors Alongside  Inventions That Changed the World

Hundreds of award-winning K-12 inventors from across the nation and around the world will gather at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in May to compete in The STEMIE Coalition’s 2018 National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Exposition (NICEE) presented by United Technologies Corporation.  NICEE, the only national celebration of young K-12 inventors and entrepreneurs in the United States, is in its third year.  The 2018 NICEE Awards Ceremony will be hosted by Mo Rocca, star of The Henry Ford’s and CBS-TV’s Innovation Nation.


The students will display their inventions on the floor of Henry Ford Museum, alongside some of the most famous inventions in human history.  This future-meets-past reality was not lost on The STEMIE Coalition Affiliates as they toured the museum during the Fall Affiliate Summit in September.  It will be an incredible, inspiring sight — seeing today’s young inventors, presenting beside Ford’s Model T.

STEMIE Affiliates watch Mo Rocca film for Innovation Nation during the STEMIE 2017 Fall Affiliates Summit

“Like Ford and Edison, these young inventors are solving real-world problems,” explained Danny Briere, CEO of The STEMIE Coalition, the nonprofit that runs NICEE.  “Nobody told these students what to solve; students are identifying problems in our world all by themselves, problems that matter to them, and are often very personal. And the results are spectacular.”

The NICEE Awards Ceremony will be held in the museum as well, with Mo Rocca as host and STEMIE’s Professor Prototype on hand to keep the students active and engaged as they wait for the ceremony to begin.

Professor Prototype and Mo Rocca are ready for NICEE 2018!

During the waiting period between the judging and the ceremony, students and their families will be able to tour the museum, as well as Greenfield Village, where Ford relocated such iconic buildings as Edison’s Menlo Park and the Wright Brothers’ bicycle shop.

Over 1,600 Expected to Attend

Over four hundred NICEE inventors will be joined at The Henry Ford in 2018 by 150 judges, an estimated 1,200 family and friends, as well as the student entrepreneurs participating in NICEE’s Entrepreneurship Expo.

Students earn the opportunity to advance to the invitation-only NICEE by winning regional and state invention competitions across the United States and around the globe.  NICEE 2018 also will host the top inventions submitted and judged through an at-large applicant process.  NICEE’s young inventor participants will have competed against and prevailed over 100,000+ peers in order to qualify for the event.

NICEE students are learning to invent in the classroom, in out-of-school programs, and at home as part of The STEMIE (STEM + Invention + Entrepreneurship) Coalition’s K-12 invention education program.  STEMIE’s National K-12 Invention Curriculum, packed with 685 activities and lessons, is free, open-access, and will be online on The STEMIE Coalition’s website in December 2017.

“Kids are natural problem-solvers,” explained Briere, “Inventing is an organic part of creativity and imagination, qualities kids exhibit every day.  Our job at STEMIE is to provide teachers, club leaders, and parents with the tools they need to guide students through the invention process.”

About The STEMIE Coalition 

The STEMIE Coalition is a non-profit, umbrella membership organization of youth invention and entrepreneurship programs across the U.S. and globally. It provides much-needed national attention for and drives interest in K-12 invention and entrepreneurship, while empowering local organizations with best practices and resources. The STEMIE Coalition is the first such group created to elevate invention and entrepreneurship education of K-12 students across the country.  STEMIE has reached over 500,000 students in two years, of which an estimated 57% are female, 33% are from underserved populations, and 24% are from minority populations.

The Coalition’s goal, with founding partners United Technologies Corp. and Stanley Black & Decker, is to formalize youth invention and entrepreneurship in the K-12 experience.  STEMIE believes that all students should once, better twice, be an inventor and/or entrepreneur in their K-12 career.

About The Henry Ford 
The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan is an internationally-recognized history destination that explores the American experience of innovation, resourcefulness, and ingenuity that helped shape America. A national historic landmark with an unparalleled Archive of American Innovation, The Henry Ford is a force for sparking curiosity and inspiring tomorrow’s innovators. Nearly 1.8 million visitors annually experience its five attractions: Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, Greenfield Village, Ford Rouge Factory Tour, Benson Ford Research Center and The Henry Ford Giant Screen Experience. A continually expanding array of content available online provides anytime, anywhere access. The Henry Ford is also home to Henry Ford Academy, a public charter high school which educates over 500 students a year on the institution’s campus. In 2014, The Henry Ford premiered its first-ever national television series, The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation, showcasing present-day change-makers and The Henry Ford’s artifacts and unique visitor experiences. Hosted by news correspondent and humorist, Mo Rocca, this Emmy®-winning weekly half-hour show airs Saturday mornings on CBS. For more information please visit our website


By Michelle Fishburne, STEMIE Coalition Director of PR & Communications

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