The Oklahoma Student Inventors Exposition began in 1988 as a brain-child of Julian Taylor (inventor and
entrepreneur), Betty J.C Wright (teacher), William Enter (inventor) and Bob Rhea (patent agent). The purpose of the organization are to foster creative and invention thinking children and to teach children to use their creative and invention thinking children and to teach children to use their creative and critical thinking skills to solve everyday problems, and to showcase, explain and market their ideas.
The first Inventors Exposition was held at OK City Community College during the monthly meeting of the Adult Inventors Group Meeting led by Mr. Julian Taylor. Mrs. Wright a fourth grade teacher accompanied by excited parents. The class exhibited and explained their inventions to the group. The encouragement and praise they received were enough incentives for the students to continue inventing.
The following year Mrs. Wright recruited and guided other students from her school to invent. Approximately 30 students exhibited their inventions during a monthly meeting of the Adult Inventors
Group. Again the accolades from the audience and free treats were motivation enough for the students to keep them on the path of inventing.
In 1991, the Oklahoma Student Inventors Exposition became official and the invitation to participate in the Exposition was extended to students in grade 1-12 throughout the State. Governor Henry Bellman consented to allowing us to have the Exhibition on the second floor of the State Capitol. Since 1991, winning students and their teachers have been honored to have photos taken with
Governor Ballman, Governor Walters, Governor Keating, Governor Henry and Governor Fallin. February is usually the month selected to host the Exposition as a way to celebrate the birth month of the
famous inventor Thomas Edison. All participating students receive certificates and invention ribbons. Students are grouped into 5-6 categories and winning students and their teachers in each category
receive money awards, trophies and medals.
The Oklahoma Student Inventors Exposition continued to grow from 35 students in 1990 to 125 students in 2000. In 2001, the state Capitol Dome construction began and the Exposition. This adoption provided free space in the spacious new Performance Arts Center on the Rose State campus and also tables, labor and media coverage. Linda Starling, a local educator and excellent science teacher joined the Oklahoma Student Inventors Exposition work team.
The Oklahoma Student Inventors Exposition continues to grow each year with a divertse participation of students from parochial, private and Christian schools selected to participate. Each year, students in grades K-12 in schools across the state eagerly await and plan for the Exposition. Over 2500 students participate in local contests.
The Oklahoma Student Inventors Exposition is sponsored by Julian Taylor-President, Betty Wright- Chairperson, Taylor Valve Technology, and Rose State College. The 552nd Air Control Wing Airmen from Tinker Air Force base and the Patent Attorneys/ Agents serve as the final judges for the Exposition.
The 29th Annual Oklahoma Student Inventors Exposition is scheduled to be held on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:40 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center on the Rose State Campus.