Please Note: Although The Category Descriptions Are Up To Date For STEM Expo 2015, We Are Still In The Process Of Updating Our Rubrics - These Should Be Updated Soon!
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 covers the illustrative design detail, the understanding of the invention's use and benefits, and design prototype construction.
Pertinent Information and Definitions
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
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.
Other Contests in this category:
- Lemelson-MIT Awards for Invention and Innovation: http://web.mit.edu/invent/a-main.html
- Absolutely New Student Invention Contest: http://www.absolutelynew.com/studentcontest