Rose State To Host Young Inventors For 28th Annual Expo Published February 7, 2017


Midwest City, Okla. – Come up with an idea, build out that idea, then explain and market it. You might say that’s the cliff notes on how to build a successful business plan. It is, but it also is the mission behind the Oklahoma Student Inventors Exposition set for Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 at the Rose State College Hudiburg Chevrolet Center. One other difference that will be obvious when you see the contestants – these are future businessmen and women, all from grades K through 12.

“It is so rewarding to see the excitement on a child’s face as they explain their idea right down to every detail and know they are building critical thinking skills that will serve them well into the future,” said Expo co-founder Betty J.C. Wright. “We want the Expo to challenge our youngest future leaders and get them thinking beyond just the books.”

The expo runs from 9:00 a.m. to 1:40 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center on the Rose State campus.

The purpose of the Expo is to foster creative, inventive children who use their analytical skills to solve everyday problems. The Expo started picking up speed in 1990 with 35 student entries. It has now grown to nearly 3,000 participants. Students begin by entering local contests in their schools and the winners’ progress to the Expo.

The Expo is sponsored by Taylor Valve Technology, Rose State College, OK Patent Attorneys and Patent Agents, and Tinker Air Force Base.

Last year’s grand prize winner was Tobias Acree from Poteau Upper Elementary in Poteau, OK. His Child Seat Safety invention put lifesaving information such as allergies, specific medical condition or contact information in a protected buckle on a child safety seat labeled ‘ICE’ (which stands for - In Case of Emergency). This would allow first responders direct access to pertinent records in the event a parent was unable to give the child’s information.

Participation in the Expo is FREE and you can still register until Friday, February 10th by contacting Betty J.C. Wright at (405) 367-7374 or by email at