More than 500 award-winning K-12 inventors from across the world gathered at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation In Dearborn, Michigan, on May 30-31 to compete for top awards at The Henry Ford’s Invention Convention U.S. Nationals.

The event, presented by United Technologies Corp., provides a live, in-person opportunity for youth inventors and entrepreneurs to display their critical thinking skills through inventing, innovating and entrepreneurial activities.

Each year, student “winners” from affiliate member youth invention and entrepreneurship competitions across the United States are invited to attend the U.S. Nationals event. The event acts as a U.S. national “finals” competition of local, regional, state and sectional invention competitions across the county.

Seventh-grader Vikram Anantha, winner of the Most Innovative Award for his Automated Communication Companion for autistic children, poses with Jason Chua (left), executive director of advanced projects at event sponsor United Technologies, and Patricia Mooradian, president and CEO at The Henry Ford.