Be a superhero to Ohio student inventors!
2020 - 2021 Volunteer Opportunities

Your small investment of time and energy helps prepare the future workforce and develop the next generation of leaders. 
Ohio Invention League is looking for people that desire to encourage innovation in K - 12 students.
What do volunteers do?

You can choose to judge, mentor, or both! 

First time judging? OIL hosts online training as well as recorded webinars that can be watched at your convenience.
How much time does it take?

The time commitment is flexible!

The minimum we ask is 3 hours per year (1 hour for training and 2 hours of judging/mentoring). There is no limit to the number of hours for those who want to be more involved ! 
Regional & State Competitions will be virtual.

Recorded video submissions can be judged on a device anytime, from anywhere you have internet access.
Multiple Flexible Options
Judging opportunities:   

From March – June, 2021 there will be ongoing opportunities for volunteers to choose one or multiple events.  The first judge training session will be held in March so those starting in April will be ready to go. 

There are four competitions, making participation very flexible. You may choose which competition(s) you want to judge and how many projects in each competition you would like to judge based on your availability Read more ...

April 2 - 23: NW & NE Regions

April 16 - May 2: SW & SE Regions

May 9 - May 23: Central Region

June 7 - 21: State Convention

For questions about dates or contests, please contact:
At the Invention Convention, problem solving is our superpower!
What judges say about their experience:
  • It gave me an opportunity to support something good and inspire youth. 
  • Everything! Being able to support, encourage, and develop young minds! I’m a teacher and I LOVE all of this! 
  • Helping shape the kids futures. 
  • It is fascinating to see what ideas kids have and be able to really hear the details behind their inventions. 
  • Seeing smart, entrepreneurial young people. 
  • The kids are inspiring. 
  • It was great to see kids express their interest in problem solving and making a difference in their world. This was a rewarding day for me! Thanks for the opportunity.


K - 12 Students throughout Ohio activate their STEAMED skills & powers of curiosity, imagination, critical & creative thinking, determination, confidence & perseverance to become problem-solving inventors. 
Invention Convention enables students to learn the skill of problem identification by encouraging them to look at the world around them and how they might improve it. This level of direct, personal engagement helps students to persevere through the Invention process as they translate real-world problems into real-world solutions. Their effort culminates in the opportunity to develop confidence and presentation skills—just as they would in an actual work environment through participating in an Invention Convention virtual event where they pitch their invention to judges comprised of educators, local business leaders, legislators, etc. Participation encourages students to consider STEAM-related careers, like those found at your company.
For more information contact   
Ohio Invention League
Bay Village, OH 44140