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Competition Day

Competition Day
To document their progress, students maintain Inventors' Logs to journal, photograph and video record the invention lifecycle. At the expo, students display their hard work. They are prepared with a short description of their inventions and answer questions about the process.

Judging Process
  1. Before the expo, judges review each Inventor’s Log to become familiar with the inventions and the steps taken to develop the ideas.
  2. At the expo, judges speak with each inventor to evaluate the entries. They meet to select 10-15 finalists.
  3. The following day, finalists present individually to the judges’ panel, using additional support material such as slide presentations to describe their invention and process in more detail.
  4. Judges meet to select the contest winners.
Cash awards ranging from $100-500 are given for first, second and third place in both the Grades 5/6 category and Grades 7/8 category. 

All entries are judged on four criteria:
  • Functionality
  • Creativity
  • Marketability
  • Clarity of Communication

Patent Nod
In exceptional cases, judges may award a patent nod to a particular invention. Those projects receive additional funding for more in-depth research and design. 


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Graland Country Day School

55 CLERMONT STREET    DENVER, CO 80220    303.399.0390   
Graland Country Day School is a private school in Denver, Colorado, serving students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school. Founded in Denver in 1924, Graland incorporates a rich, experiential learning approach in a traditional classroom setting, emphasizing the development of globally and socially conscious leaders who excel academically.