The Academy at the PARC Joins The Henry Ford Museum’s Invention Convention Worldwide Network

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Sebring, Florida: The Academy at The PARC has joined the Invention Convention Worldwide (ICW) network of educators organized by The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. Academy students will be able to use the ICW curriculum as well as participate in local, regional, national, and global invention competitions.

“The Henry Ford Museum is committed to helping find the next Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, or Steve Jobs,” says Dr. Louis Patler, ICW Board member. “And what better place to start than with the fresh eyes and ideas of our youth.”

The path to acceptance into ICW ‘s network involved several meetings, interviews and four members of The Academy team of educators being invited to act as judges at the National Invention Convention in Dearborn, MI this past summer.

“It was so inspiring to see nearly 500 kids from across America show their inventions and discuss with us their innovation process,” says Colleen Paul-Hus, co-founder of The Academy. “We are very proud to be associated with The Henry Ford and to offer our students its curriculum as well as the chance to gain recognition on the state, national and even the global level.”

The Academy’s affiliation with the Invention Convention Worldwide opens doors, especially for teenagers, to a process that moves them from idea to invention and on through to the patent level.

About the Academy at the PARC:

Located on 40 pristine acres which serve as an inspiring backdrop, the children do “bookwork academics” in the morning and explore the “practical arts” in the afternoon. This year, students will be introduced to mixed media arts, woodworking, gardening, blacksmithing, nature survival, archery, engineering, innovation design, basic pottery, and more.

Now in its second year, the Academy offers youth and adult learner’s classes in the practical arts as well as being a resource program for homeschoolers.

The Learning Pod at the Academy at the PARC just opened to the public after a successful trial last year and serves a maximum of 30 children and their families for the 2022-2023 Academic year.

“If this sounds like a good fit for your child’s education,” says Paul-Hus,

“Please call us to schedule a tour.”