The future of innovation is very bright, if a recent showcase for youth inventing is any indication.

More than 400 young inventors and entrepreneurs displayed their creations during the National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn, Michigan from May 31 to June 2. More than 108,000 K-12 student innovators from 20 states, Mexico and Canada took part in local competitions earlier this year; 427 advanced to the nationals in Dearborn.

Longtime Inventors Digest contributor Edith G. Tolchin captured the energy and creativity through these photos she took at the event. Edie, also the author of the recent book “Fanny on Fire,” served as a judge along with her daughter, Dori G. Lewandowski.