Invention Checklist

An invention must meet the following definition:

  • An invention must solve a real problem.
  • It is something that no one has ever made before.
  • You cannot buy it in a store or find it in a book.
  • An invention may be an improvement or addition to something that already exists, but gives it a new purpose.

 Checklist

  • Does your invention solve a real-world problem?
  • Is it something no one has ever made before?
  • Can you buy it in a store or find it in a book?
  • Is your invention new, or an improvement to something that already exists?
  • Do the materials involved in creating your prototype cost less than $50?
  • Does your prototype fit within the dimensions listed under the rules?
  • Does your log book record the journey of your invention process? Every time you work on your invention, you should document your process, challenges, failures, and triumphs.
  • Did you use a USPTO website search to determine if your invention is original?
  • Does your display board fit within the dimensions listed on the rules page?
  • Does your display board have the title of the invention?
  • Does your display board describe the problem the invention solves?
  • Does your display board describe how the invention works?
  • Are the inventor’s name, grade, school, school’s city, and school’s state listed?
  • Do you have a video pitch?
  • Is your video pitch under 4 minutes long?
  • Is your video pitch edited?
  • Does your video pitch run continuously?

Prototype

You must create a physical solution to a problem of your choosing. You must design and build the prototype, with adult help if needed. The materials should be age appropriate and total no more than $50.  We do not want families to have to purchase expensive materials for this project.  The reuse of materials around your house is celebrated!

The invention prototype must fit in a space that is 2 feet wide by 2 feet deep in front of the display board at Invention Convention.

  • Invention Log: You must record the journey of your invention process in a log or diary. Every time you work on your invention, you should document your process, challenges, failures, and triumphs.
  • Research:You should be sure your invention is new and original, or an innovation on something that already exists. You may use the USPTO website to search patents and/or type in keywords that describe your invention into search engines/shopping sites. Working with experts is also a great way to enhance your project.
  •  Presentation to judges: You will be expected to present your invention to judges at our events.
  • Display Board: You must design a display board about your invention.The board will highlight key points of the invention process. There are requirements for the board, but we also encourage your creativity!  The board requirements are located in the Invention Log.

You must create a self-standing display board—24” wide with two 12” side flaps (total 48”)—that has:

  • The title of the invention
  • A description of the problem the invention solves
  • A description of how the invention works
  • The inventor’s name, grade, and school, school’s city and state