Scattered among some of the greatest innovations in American history, 427 students – grades K-12 – set up their poster boards, connected their circuits, and presented their inventions to judges, including several from UTC, at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.
Nearly 110,000 student inventors across the U.S, Mexico and Canada competed earlier this year in hopes of advancing to the National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo (NICEE) sponsored by United Technologies.
Judy Marks, President of Otis, served as keynote speaker at the event. “At UTC, all of our companies were founded by innovators and entrepreneurs, people with big ideas.” She continues, “to see these kids who are excited about the environment, excited about energy, excited about cities and want to make a difference in people’s lives at this young age? We should pause because it’s impressive.” Read Judy's inspiring op-ed Your Child Could be the Next Henry Ford.
Judges from across UTC’s businesses came together to select Invention Convention award winners. Farzana Hussain, a materials structure engineer at UTAS, participated as a judge at NICEE. “These kids were very enthusiastic, ambitious and promising, using critical skills for the future to design their inventions. I learned so much from them.”
To give students a glimpse into what growing up to be an inventor might look like, our own United Technologies inventors engaged with the students in a panel discussion. After the session, students lined up for selfies with Ciara Poolman, chief of staff for CTO Paul Eremenko; Joe Amat, Pratt & Whitney engineer (and Invention Convention alumnus); and Ashley Chapman, CCS senior engineer.