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WQED’s Invention Convention Kicks Off Tomorrow at Inventionland!

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Baseball is back; the weather has started to warm up; and, finally some things are starting to blossom outside. Tomorrow, inside of our creative design facility, Inventionland, creativity will be blossoming, too. The 2014 WQED Design Lives Here Invention Convention is back!

This year, organizers plan to welcome over 220 students, teachers, mentors and special guests from three area schools to Inventionland for a day full of everything-inventing! Students from Franklin Regional Middle School, Seneca Valley School District’s Haine Middle School and Bethel Park School District’s Independence Middle School will unlock their creativity inside Inventionland at the Invention Convention.

Tomorrow’s event begins at 9 a.m. and lasts until 2 p.m. Similar to both of last year’s successful Invention Conventions, students in grades 6-8, who have been learning about the engineering design process, will compete in various inventing challenges.

This year, the inventing challenges include:

The Zip Line - where students design and build something that can carry a ping pong ball from the top of a zip line string to the bottom in four seconds or less.

The Invention Challenge– where students present an invention idea that they have been working on prior to coming to the Invention Convention. Tomorrow, students will pitch their invention ideas to our very own team of Inventionland Creationeers!

The Design Lives Here Invention Convention is based on the PBS show Design Squad Nation and is designed to inspire the inventors and engineers of tomorrow.

What better place to inspire young creators than our very own design facility and the largest invention factory in America, Inventionland?

We can’t wait to see and share what these aspiring inventors come up with!

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Inventionland Makes Local Headlines – AGAIN!

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Not only was last Friday’s WQED Invention Convention, which was hosted at Inventionland, featured on KDKA news on Friday night, our creative design facility has been featured in local newspapers this week, too!

Pittsburgh’s TRIB LIVE has featured an article about the Mt. Pleasant area gifted program students, who recently toured through our creative workspace.

According to the story, the students’ instructor hopes their tour continues to inspire the students for their very own upcoming inventing competition.

“Rachel Long, the district’s gifted program instructor, is hopeful the students will use the knowledge gained at Inventionland to inspire their own inventions for the upcoming invention convention scheduled for Dec. 12 at Yough Intermediate Middle School, she said.”

Read the entire TRIB LIVE article about the Mount Pleasant students’ tour here!

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Inventionland “Invention Convention” Makes CBS News!

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It is nothing new for our creative design facility, Inventionland, to open its doors to welcome eager young minds to tour through on a regular basis. But, it is not everyday that 250 of those eager minds meet at Inventionland to explore their ideas and share them with our Creationeers.

However, that was exactly the case for the 2013 Invention Convention, which was held at Inventionland last Friday. The event, which was sponsored by WQED’s Design Lives Here, attracted middle school students from across the region, who competed in four different inventing activities.

Those four interactive activities included the Speedy Shelter, Zip Line, Paddle Power and Invention Challenge.

During the Invention Challenge, students teamed up and pitched their own invention ideas to our CEO and Founder, Mr. Davison, and our talented cast of Creationeers, including Executive Director of Design Nathan Field, John Margolis, Jason Rogge, Nikki Egleton and Sharon George.

Mr. Davison said the event was a huge success and just the beginning of a growing partnership with WQED.

“Our partnership with WQED in the development of S.T.E.M.(Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Curriculum and entertainment for our middle school children is one of our emerging initiatives. You will see our commitment grow in this area over the next few years. We have worked together for years now and the program and number of children participating is growing rapidly. It was a great convention in Inventionland, but it was difficult to pick the winner amongst all those hopeful kids. In the end, we selected one team but they all tried their best and did a great job… each and every one of them!” said Mr. Davison.

The Invention Convention was such a success that even KDKA was on the scene. The local CBS-affiliate covered the event for their Friday evening newscast.

Mr. Davison told KDKA’s Rick Dayton that “All this creativity is in these children… It’s just a matter of what we do to bring it out.”

You can also read KDKA’s story here. See more photos from the 2013 WQED Invention Convention below:

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This Idea Man Continues to Leave his “Mark”

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As of September 2013, this self-made idea man has a recorded net worth of $2.5 billion. As the owner of a popular NBA team, Mark Cuban has taken his ideas and has made them into lucrative business dealings.

Born and raised in the very city and state that is home to our design facility, Inventionland, Mark Cuban was born on July 31, 1958, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Cuban lived a seemingly normal childhood with hardworking grandparents and parents that instilled a sense of tenacity in their children to make a good life for themselves.

When it was finally time for college, Cuban started his education at the University of Pittsburgh, but soon left and transferred to Indiana University. After graduating in 1981, Cuban moved back to his hometown and took a job with Mellon Bank, right at the time when the company was making its transition to using computers. This was a learning experience for Cuban and allowed him to immerse himself in the study of these machines and their networking capabilities. In 1982, he left his hometown and made his move to Dallas, a move that would pay off (literally) in the long-run.

Just like many famous inventors, who began a career only to realize that they could find a better way to do it on their own, Cuban was one of those innovators. After moving to Dallas, he landed a job selling software, but decided that he had an idea for a better way to sell computer software. Soon after starting his own consulting business, MicroSolutions, he became an expert in the world of computers and computer networking.  He was so successful that his business soon turned into a profitable company. In 1990, he sold his firm to CompuServe for $6 million. This idea resulted in his first success as a businessman.

This was just the beginning of Cuban’s success. Knowing that the idea of the internet was only going to expand, Cuban and a business partner decided to capitalize on this opportunity and in 1995, started AudioNet.  Because of his desire to listen to Indiana Hoosier basketball games online, this company was born. The company proved to be a large success and when the firm first went public in 1998; its stock reached $200 a share. A year later, Cuban and his business partner sold their idea to Yahoo! for nearly $6 billion.

But even with all this business success, Cuban, perhaps, is best known for his presence in the National Basketball Association (NBA). In 2000, he had an idea to purchase an NBA team; and, purchase an NBA team is exactly what he did. That year, he bought the Dallas Mavericks for $285 million from Ross Perot Jr. Before Cuban, the Mavericks were a broken franchise with a losing record. But, that changed quickly, once he infused his enthusiasm and business smarts to revamp the culture of the team and its roster, as well as build a new stadium equipped with facilities that pampered his players.

Cuban did not lose sight of innovation as the owner of the Mavericks. He quickly became the first owner to start his own blog, which offered audiences everywhere a mix of his own tech ideas and his thoughts on NBA basketball.

Recently, Cuban made his way into the HD TV market with a new startup, HDNet. Additionally, in 2003, he purchased the Landmarks Theatre chain and also owns a stake in Lions Gate Entertainment.

Shockingly enough, Cuban has had his hand in the world of patents as well. In December 2012, he donated $250,000 to the Electronic Frontier Foundation to, in his own words, to “eliminate stupid patents,” in order to assist with their legal efforts to reform the patent system.

One thing that isn’t on Mark Cuban’s resume is charges of insider trading. Recently, Cuban was acquitted of charges in his case against the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) that he had sold his shares in Internet search engine mamma.com based on private information that he received from the CEO on a planned stock placement that would dilute the value of his holdings.

The trial lasted three weeks and it only took a Texas jury comprised of seven women and two men a matter of hours to tell the SEC it didn’t have adequate information to charge Mark Cuban.

So, has this idea man planned to slow down anytime soon? The answer is an emphatic “no,” as entrepreneur Mark Cuban continues to make lucrative business dealings. Only time will tell what project he will have his hand in next!

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Sources:

http://www.forbes.com/profile/mark-cuban/

http://www.biography.com/people/mark-cuban-562656

http://www.forbes.com/sites/tomvanriper/2013/10/16/mark-cuban-should-be-optimistic-as-his-insider-trading-case-heads-to-the-jury/

Images:

http://www.biography.com/imported/images/Biography/Images/Profiles/C/Mark-Cuban-562656-1-402.jpg

http://lonestarsportsledger.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/mark_cuban-300×300.jpg

 

 

Get your Radios Ready! Mr. Davison Will Be On the Air

Davison News, George Davison

Mr. Davison, our founder and CEO, has a busy morning tomorrow! Mr. D will begin his day with a live radio interview at 6:40 a.m. (ET) with Bill & Joel from WDUN-550AM in Atlanta, GA. Right after, he will be hitting the airwaves again when he appears on WBEX-1490AM’s the Dan & Mike in the Morning Show in Columbus, Ohio at 7:10 a.m. (ET)! Finally, his last stop of the morning will be his live radio interview at 10:20 a.m. (ET) when he speaks to the crew on WBIG-1280AM’s The Big Wakeup Call in Chicago, IL.

Tune in as Mr. D talks about our Better Way to Invent, our creative-design facility, Inventionland and much more!

Check out the live streams here:

WDUN-550AM- Atlanta, GA

WBEX- 1490AM- Columbus, OH

WBIG-1280AM- Chicago, IL

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Mr. Davison is on the Air Tomorrow!

Davison News, George Davison

Mr. Davison’s interview with KTRS in St. Louis, MO will air tomorrow evening at 7:00 p.m. ET. You’ll be able to learn more about our Better Way to Invent, our creative design facility, Inventionland, and much more! Listen here!

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Tune In: Mr. D is on the Radio

Davison News, George Davison

Mr. Davison’s message is traveling through the airwaves again on Monday, July 29! Don’t forget to tune in at 9:20 a.m. as he talks to KTRS’s Smart Living with Victoria in Babu, St. Louis, MO and again at 9:45 a.m. when he speaks to the crew at KMA- AM & FM’s The Dean & Don Radio Show in Omaha, NE. Mr. Davison will be talking about our Better Way to Invent and our creative design facility, Inventionland!

Check out the live stream here:

KTRS-Smart Living with Victoria

KMA- AM & FM- The Dean & Don Radio Show

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Mr. Davison will be LIVE on the Air

Davison News, George Davison

Tomorrow morning, Mr. Davison will be LIVE on-the-air starting at 9:40 a.m. on WOCM-FM in Ocean City, Maryland! Mr. Davison will be talking about Inventionland, Inventions and everything in between!

Check out the live stream here:

WOCM-FM- Ocean City, Maryland

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Don’t Miss Mr. Davison Tomorrow on the Airwaves

Davison News, George Davison

Yesterday, Mr. Davison was on the air in Sioux Falls. Follow along as his message continues to crisscross the country as he talks about our Better Way to Invent and our creative design facility, Inventionland! Tomorrow, Mr. Davison will make his next stops at WXGM- Norfolk, VA—1420AM at 7:40 a.m. and again at 9:50 a.m. on KCMN- Colorado Springs, CO- 1530AM.

Check out the live streams here:

WXGM- Norfolk, VA- 1420AM

KCMN- Colorado Springs, CO- 1530AM

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On Air: Mr. Davison

Davison News, George Davison
Mr. Davison is hitting the airwaves tomorrow! Don’t forget to tune in at 9:40 a.m. on KORN- Sioux Falls—1490AM to listen to him talk about our Better Way to Invent and our creative design facility, Inventionland! Check out the live stream here:

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