Rules

INVENT IDAHO RULES

*  The idea of the invention must be student initiated.  Help from parents or friends is acceptable but must be fully documented in the Inventor’s Journal.  The original idea must be the student’s own.

*  The overall theme of the invention must enhance the quality of life and be humane.

*  Each invention must include a three-dimensional model or the actual invention.

*  A free-standing display (not wall poster) is encouraged.  Display must include name of invention, blueprints or diagrams, goal or problem invention solves, and how the invention works or functions.

*  Cost of new materials is not to exceed $25.00, including free-standing display and model.  All sales receipts for purchased materials must be included in journal or attached to display.  Document donated, borrowed, or repurposed materials in Inventor’s Journal.

*  An Inventor’s Journal must accompany the invention.  In the journal, students should document the inventing process from brainstorming through prototypes, and show how they have met the judging criteria.  Neatly hand-written journals are encouraged.  No names are to be included in the journal.

*  Inventions in any category may be entered by individuals or by teams of students.  Mixed grade teams must register in the grade division of the oldest member.  Note:  if project is selected to win an award, one award is presented to the PROJECT.  Duplicate awards may be purchased by additional team members for award-winning project.

*  Inventions from prior years will not be accepted.

*  All inventions will be judged by the same criteria.

No names or faces are to be included on the display, in the journal, or anywhere with the invention.

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JUDGING CRITERIA

1. ORIGINALITY: 35 POINTS

Project represents original, creative thought; is a unique solution or innovation.

2. INVENTING PROCESS: 30 POINTS

  • Model, presentation and journal all demonstrate how the student originated the idea (5 points) and was the main contributor to the project. The journal must document student initiative and the inventing process from brainstorming (10 points) and prototype (5 points) to final project.

Testing, redesigning and improving your own invention is part of the process (10 points)

3. ACCOMPLISHES  STATED GOAL, PROBLEM OR OBJECTIVE: 5 POINTS

Project accomplishes goal, problem or objective as stated in Inventor’s Journal and on display

4. VISUAL PRESENTATION: 15 POINTS

  • Project and display are eye-catching, attractive and neatly done (7pts.)
    • Display includes name of invention, goal, how it works, diagram (8 pts.)

5. RESEARCH AND DOCUMENTATION: 15 POINTS

Journal and/or display documents research related to topic AND existence of similar

Inventions.

  • Topic research (5 points): summarize new learning about your general topic.
  • Product research (7 points):  does your invention already exist? How is your idea better or different than existing products?
  • Documents, in journal, all items used including recycled and borrowed items. Provide

receipts showing evidence of staying under $25 for newly-purchased materials.  Documents, in journal, outside assistance from adults; who helped them and in what ways they helped. (3pts.)

BONUS:* Extra consideration will be given to projects that analyze the potential effects of their invention on the world, including but not limited to the environment and society. Include consequences, impact, and benefits (both positive and negative effects).  What new technology, if any, still needs to be invented before your idea can become a reality? (3 points)

JUDGING FORM CONTENT (Note:  High School form varies slightly)

 

CRITERIA DESCRIPTION POINTS POSSIBLE POINTS EARNED
ORIGINALITY This project represents original, creative thought; is a unique solution or innovation. 35 points  
INVENTING PROCESS Model, presentation and journal all demonstrate how the student originated the idea and was the main contributor to the project. The journal must document student initiative and the inventing process from brainstorming, prototype to final project 30 points:

student originated +5

brainstorm +10

prototype +5

test &

redesign +10

 
ACCOMPLISHES STATED GOAL OR PROBLEM The project accomplishes the goal or problem stated in the Inventor’s Journal 5 points  
VISUAL APPEAL The project and display have strong visual appeal, neatness. The display includes name of invention, goal, how it works and blueprint. 15 points

visual appeal

+ 7

name, goal, etc. + 8

 
RESEARCH AND DOCUMENTATION The journal and/or display documents research related to the topic and existence of similar inventions.  The journal shows evidence of all items used including scavenged items and provision of receipts showing costs under $25.00 for purchased materials. 15 points

Topic research +5

Product research +7

Material documentation +3

 
Bonus points 0-3 Analysis of the invention benefits/ consequences Add total points  

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