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USPTO For Kids

Welcome to the "For Kids" section of the USPTO website. The USPTO welcomes students, educators, and young inventors and innovators of all ages. Look for expanding content in the next few months as we enhance our Education and Outreach Web offerings.

USPTO Trading Cards

Forrest Bird & James West trading cards

The Inaugural Series of the USPTO Trading Cards was introduced at the USA Science and Engineering Festival. The cards feature caricatures of notable inventors.

Coming soon – A new series of USPTO Collectible/Trading Cards will be viewable the week of the USA Science and Engineering Festival.  New inventors include Dean Kamen, Elijah McCoy, and Juliette Gordon Low!  Be sure to check back the week of April 22!  Visit us at Booth #1644 and add to your collection.

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Directions for Creating a Flipbook - Animation Fun

Flipbook Activity        Flipbook Poster

Cipher Puzzles

Caesar Puzzle        Vigenere Puzzle


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Upcoming Events


Date Event Name Time (EDT) Venue
Apr 26-27, 2014 2014  
USA Science & Engineering Festival
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Walter E. Washington
Convention Center, Washington, DC
USPTO Booth #1644
Jun 3, 2014 FIRST Global Innovation Awards TBD USPTO Headquarters
May 11-16, 2013 Intel International Science & Engineering Festival 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Los Angeles Convention Center
Los Angeles, CA
*Symposia and Booth
May 14-17, 2014 NSTA STEM Forum & Expo 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. New Orleans, LA
*Intellectual Property & STEM Teacher Professional Development Workshop
Jul 24, 2014 YMCA Thingamajig Invention Convention 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Showplace Arena
Upper Marlboro, MD


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Past Events


Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards

5th Annual College and Career Fair



When: Saturday, October 19, 2013

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Where:  Oxon Hill High School
              6701 Leyte Drive
              Oxon Hill, MD 20745


FIRST Lego League Regional Tournament


When: Saturday, November 9, 2013

Time: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Where:  U.S Patent and Trademark Office
              Madison Auditorium and Lower Atrium
              600 Dulay Street, Alexandria VA, 22314


Noche de Ciencias, Night of Science


When: Thursday, November 21, 2013 (Tentative)

Time: 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Where:  U.S Patent and Trademark Office
              Madison Auditorium and Lower Atrium
              600 Dulay Street, Alexandria VA, 22314


Silver Spring Mini Maker Faire


When: Sunday, September 29, 2013

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Where: Veteran’s Plaza and the Silver Spring Civic Building
             Located at the corner of Fenton and Ellsworth in Silver Spring, MD


Change the World Science and Engineering Careers Fair
Co-hosted by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Congressman Frank Wolf


When: Friday - Saturday, September 27-28, 2013

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Saturday

Where:  Dulles Town Center Mall at Dulles Town Circle
              21100 Dulles Town Center, Dulles VA, 20166



"Prepare. Stay Safe. Rebuild."


When: Saturday, September 14, 2013

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Where:  U.S Patent and Trademark Office
              Madison Auditorium and Lower Atrium
              600 Dulay Street, Alexandria VA, 22314

USA Science & Engineering Festival

2012 USA Science & Engineering Festival, Booth #227:   Activities included: “Race to the USPTO,” participants programmed robots to navigate a path to the USPTO, picking up an idea, prototype and patent application along the way, decoded cipher keys to read hidden messages; and learned about the film industry by making their animated flip books.

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