2016 Event Dates:

Southwest: Central State University - April 23, 2016

Northeast: Cuyahoga Valley Career Center - April 30, 2016

Central: Tolles Career & Technical Center - May 7, 2016


2015-16 OFFICIAL RULES Invention Convention


1. Mission. The mission of the Invention Convention is to inspire curiosity, confidence, invention and creative problem-solving in our youth. The Invention Convention makes every effort to ensure an enjoyable, rewarding, inspirational and educational experience for every participant.


2. Eligibility. The Invention Convention is open to students grades K-8 throughout Ohio. Each district or approved student organization is solely responsible for choosing its student representatives for the regional competition. There are a limited number of entry slots for each district/student organization. Students may compete as an individual or as part of a team of 2, but not both. Students who are family members of Invention Convention Contractors ARE eligible to participate and win, but CANNOT be granted cash or scholarship prizes. Students who are family members of employees of Invention Convention Sponsors ARE eligible to compete and win cash and scholarship prizes. Invention Convention award winners from previous years may compete again, but entering a completely new invention.


3. Registration; Deadline. Students selected to represent their district or student organization must complete the Official Invention Convention Student Registration, details of which will be provided ONLY through the district coordinator each year. Registration must be completed in its entirety, including all required signatures (whether electronic or written) for a student to be eligible to participate. District coordinators and teachers may not sign for parents or guardians. It is the responsibility of the student and parent or guardian to complete their registration fully no later than 5:00 PM on designated deadline day. There will be no extensions or exceptions to the registration deadline. Registration deadlines will be provided to district coordinators on or before 12/31/15.


4). Event Day.

· Badges/credentials are picked up upon check in; prior to Prototype set-up.

· Event Day schedule(s) and details will be posted at:  www.inventionconvention.org by 12/31.

· Prototypes must be completely set up per each regional event schedule.

· Venues will open per their standard operating hours.


5. Participation Requirements - Participants are required to complete an inventor Journal and create a Model of their invention. Teams complete only one Journal and one model. Both signatures must be present on a Team Journal. The Journal is a necessary step to document each participant’s creative process and is weighed heavily in the judges’ evaluation process; it must include the following: a) a description of the problem addressed by the invention; b) a description of solution ideas; c) a description of the invention; d) a description of how the invention solves the problem; and e) a detailed description of where the student researched originality of their idea. Students may use the “official” Invention Convention Journal (available online at: www.inventionconvention.org or create their own Journal as long as it contains the prototype requirements, necessary signatures and all elements of the “official” journal. See the “official” journal for complete prototype requirements. The Journal must be present for the judge’s review at the Convention. Students must also build a model of their invention to display at the Convention. The model does not have to work, but must illustrate how the invention would work if the model was operational. Models must fit on a table top, and cannot be larger than 2 feet by 3 feet in size. Electricity will NOT be available to inventors at the Convention, but students may use batteries. Backboards or other presentation materials are not required, but are suggested. Models must be fully set-up at each student or team’s assigned booth within the designated set up time as detailed on the event day schedule. Parents/guardians and family members may set up the model for their children. Students do not have to personally set up their inventions.


6. Judging and Evaluation: Judging will take place according to the judging schedule for each region in designated Student Judging areas. Only students and judges are permitted in judging area during judging. Student Invention/ Judging areas are open for public view only after Official Judging. The awards ceremony/scholarship presentation will take place per event day schedule. Participants will be judged in 9 grade categories: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. Scholarships awards will be based on student interviews, the invention itself, supporting materials and the individual student or team presentation of the invention. Students will be evaluated on: 1) Communication, 2) Process, 3) Research, 4) Results. Student scores are not published, and are the property of the Invention Convention. Inventions will be evaluated against other inventions presented at the finals and against award winners from previous years, but not against the total pool of inventions from prior years. All judges’ decisions are final.


7. Awards: Awards and award values are subject to change without notice. Generally, a minimum of $30,000 is awarded annually. Scholarships may be awarded in the form of an investment through a CollegeAdvantage 529 Savings Plan or similar plan and through a company acting as the plan administrator. Scholarship awards are not transferable, cannot be redeemed for cash, and must be used by the recipient for higher education. Scholarships will be paid according to the plan administrator’s policies and procedures in place at the time the student wishes to use the scholarship. Student winners and their parents/guardians will be required to provide certain information to the Invention Convention in order to receive their prize and set up their educational scholarship. Scholarship paperwork will be available at each regional event. Parents/guardians have 30 days from the regional event date to submit their student’s completed paperwork to Invention Convention, P.O. Box 12519, Columbus, OH 43212.  Scholarships NOT delivered by the 30-day deadline will be forfeited.  For team entries, both members must be present both at judging and at the time the awards are announced. Awards won by team entries will be divided equally between the team members. For winning teams, each team member must complete applicable scholarship paperwork by the 30-day deadline.  Additional prizes may be awarded at each event in the form of certificates or gift cards. Students/parents/guardians are wholly responsible for safe-guarding these prizes. The Invention Convention cannot reissue lost or stolen prizes.


8. Intellectual Property Rights. The Invention Convention and Ohio Academy of Science does not profit in any way from any invention submitted by participants. Invention Convention and Ohio Academy of Science., its affiliates, sponsors, board members and officers have no rights, privileges or interest in any invention idea submitted as part of the Invention Convention. Participants are cautioned that the event, and specifically the awards ceremony, is open to the public. As a result - all inventions will be deemed to be “publicly disclosed” at the convention, which may make it necessary for participant inventors to take steps to secure certain intellectual property rights in their inventions. “Public disclosure” is defined as the time any idea has been offered in an open environment. The Invention Convention strives to highlight additional resources that can assist students, teachers and parents with the protection of their intellectual property, and has involved the US Patent and Trademark Office in the convention project. Please contact your district coordinator for more information. In addition, the Patent and Trademark Office website, http://www.uspto.gov, provides helpful information. However, Ohio Academy of Science and the Invention Convention make no representations, expressed or implied, regarding the protection of participants’ intellectual property. All participants that wish to protect their invention assume sole responsibility for securing intellectual property rights.


9. Photo Release: Participants must obtain parental permission – via

parent/guardian signature on the Official Invention Convention Registration Form or the approved online registration system in order to be eligible to compete for scholarship prizes. By signing this registration form or completing the online registration for their student - the parent/guardian permits reasonable use of their child’s name, photograph, or likeness, image, voice and/or interview, in all manner and media existing now or in the future; including the sale of likeness as donations for purposes of program fundraising; releasing The Invention Convention, sponsors and promotional partners from any and all claims, liabilities and/or damages arising directly or indirectly out of their participation.


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