Hagley Museum and Library invited children and their parents to explore their creative and scientific minds at the 2013 Invention Convention, held Jan. 19-21.

Youngsters were invited to invent, examine, discover, and uncover the many ways science affects life at Hagley's Invention Convention.

"Invention Convention piques the interest of children. They learn to question and seek answers through exploratory play," Education Coordinator Jeff Durst said.

The Create-An-Invention Workshop challenged kids to imagine a creation and, then, build it. Kids constructed their invention using familiar household items such as cereal boxes, paper towel rolls, and egg crates. The Hagley Patent Office then gave the young inventors patents for their inventions.

Parents and children also spent the day exploring the Science Fair. Scientists and science groups conducted science demonstrations and displayed information on their projects

At the Tinkering Tables, children took apart appliances, machines and other discarded items such as computers, telephones, and radios. Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County donated the items used at the Tinkering Tables.