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.
- Before the expo, judges review each Inventor’s Log to become familiar with the inventions and the steps taken to develop the ideas.
- At the expo, judges speak with each inventor to evaluate the entries. They meet to select 10-15 finalists.
- 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.
- 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:
- Clarity of Communication
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.