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An invention is a new device, contrivance, process, or an improvement
on an existing machine or product that solves a real or perceived 
problem or need.

The category provides a means of presenting an invention to the general public.

Pertinent Information and Definitions

Project Display

A successful entry display in this category may contain the following:

  • A description of the use of the invention, and the benefits associated
  • A ‘mock-up’, prototype, or construction of all or part of the invention
  • Any marketing or promotional concept for the invention

Descriptive Paper

A descriptive paper may be provided to show additional information

  • Overall invention clearly described including what it is, how it would be used, benefits, and intended audience
  • Description of the design process that occurred in the creation of the invention, including any problems encountered and the solutions
  • Drawings or descriptive text that describes the construction process and any materials required
  • Any further steps taken beyond initial concept, including competitor research, publicity, etc.

Entry, Review, and Judging

An entry in this category will be reviewed and judged on the following:

  • General requirements and judging points
  • Preparation and display of the invention and/or its component
  • Prototype or mock-up design and construction
  • Descriptive paper showing further details about the invention

Additional items which will affect the review and judging conclusions

  • Research evidence that no similar product or process exists
  • Invention offers functionality that solves a problem efficiently
  • Invention addresses a real-world need
  • Practicality in terms of size, cost, materials, etc. for the problem being solved
  • Unique or innovative methodologies used


Please review the judging rubric for this category for other items that may be considered.

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