Virtual Judging Information for 2021 Regional and State OHIC Competitions

March 16, 2021

Judge Training

Ohio Invention Convention judge training supports its judges as they learn best practices for evaluating, encouraging and mentoring our students.

Virtual judge training is provided.  No experience is necessary.  You just need the desire to make a difference in the lives of Ohio’s young innovators.

It is easier than ever to be a part of the OHIC!  This year, you can once again judge pitch videos online, in the comfort of your home or office.  All you need is a computer/smart device and an internet connection.  You can judge as few or many video pitches as you choose.  Judging for this year’s competitions will be held April 30th – June 21st, 2021 virtually.

Judging Criteria

Most inventions follow the same formula for success by being:

  • Original
  • Effective
  • Practical
  • Needed

All steps are carefully recorded in a log or journal (Young children may use pictures or dictate information to someone to write for them).

Using the judging rubric to record scores and comments about each inventor as they present their invention idea. For each invention category, consider these questions:


  • Did the inventor find a unique, unusual or clever solution to the problem?
  • Did the inventor research to find out? (Please align the response to the age of the inventor. A young child might ask a number of people; an older child may explore catalogs, stores and related companies, search the internet or even a patent database.)

Invention Effectiveness:

  • Did the invention solve the problem?
  • Does it do what it’s supposed to do?
  • Does it work even better than the inventor expected?
  • Does it solve other problems too?

Practicality of the Invention:

  • What advantages and disadvantages does the invention have as compared to other similar inventions?
  • How much thought was given to safety, ease of use, and choice of materials?

Need for the Invention:

  • How important is the problem solved by the invention?
  • Who benefits from it, many, few, or only the inventor?
  • Does it serve a disadvantaged group, like the handicapped, the elderly, or animals?
  • Is the invention friendly to the environment than currently available products? How so?

Recording the Inventing Process:

  • How well did the inventor explain the steps taken from beginning idea to invention?
  • Did the inventor date and list these steps in your inventor’s logbook?
  • Did the inventor include resources uses, problem they ran into, reasons for choice of materials, final design, and testing? Was credit given to those who helped?

2021 Ohio Invention Convention Virtual Regional and State Competition Rubric

To register to be a judge for the 2021 virtual OHIC competitions, please contact: