Young inventors aged 5 to 18, either individually or on teams, compete in four age divisions:
● Ages 5–7
● Ages 8–10
● Ages 11–13
● Ages 14–18
In addition to presenting an invention idea that improves access to healthy food for everyone, everywhere, every day, each entry must show the process by which the invention idea was developed, showcasing the completion of the 7 Key Steps of the Invention Process. Suitable Entry Formats: PowerPoint Deck (either the provided template or entrant’s preferred PowerPoint format) or Video.
Note: Submission uploads must be under 2GB in one of the following allowed file types: ppt, pptx, avi, mov, mp3, mp4, mpg
Each Challenge entry must adhere to the complete Official Rules, identifying a real-world problem related to improving access to healthy food for everyone, everywhere, every day, and demonstrating all seven of Spark!Lab Key Steps of the Invention Process. For the invention submission, Entrant can use either the provided PowerPoint template, Entrant’s preferred PowerPoint format, or video. For the evaluation criteria for judging, see the Scoring Guide. The Challenge will accept entries between December 6, 2019 and 11:59 pm EST on April 10, 2020. Winners will be announced on May 8, 2020.
In addition to the fantastic Cricket Magazine, Faber-Castell, and Bitsbox prizes as well as the Camp Invention® Scholarship, Smithsonian Books and Washington D.C. Trip, Winners will also participate in an informational and educational seminar and one-on-one consultation with U.S. Patent and Trademark Office subject matter experts on the use and importance of protecting their intellectual property through patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. For a complete list of all available prizes, please visit our prizes page.
Students must document completion of each of the 7 Key Steps of the Invention Process in a PowerPoint or video and submit their entry, Cover Photo, and Parent Consent Form(s) anytime between 12:00 AM EST, December 5, 2019 and 11:59 PM EST, April 10, 2020, by following submission instructions found on the Submit page.
The team of judges is comprised of experts at Cricket Media and the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation.
Cricket Media® is a mission-based global education company creating high-quality print and multi-media products for children, families, and teachers. Led by its 10 award-winning children’s magazines and research-tested collaborative learning and eMentoring platforms, Cricket Media is committed to creating and supporting innovative learning experiences that help children safely explore and engage with their expanding world.
The Lemelson Center is the Smithsonian’s home for the study of invention and innovation. Through its historical research, educational initiatives, exhibitions, and public programming the Center advances new perspectives on invention and innovation and fosters interactions between the public and inventors. For more information please visit http://invention.si.edu.