Watch the K12 InVenture Prize video HERE to get a quick peek about the program!
2021-2022 K-12 InVenture Prize Competition Overview
Registration for the 2021-2022 K12 InVenture Prize is open until October 20, 2021!
Fee to register: $75.00 per school. (One registration per school)
Link to register: bit.ly/2122-SR
Why do we need to complete School Registration?
School Registration serves several purposes --
- Informs us how many teachers are utilizing the K-12 InVenture Prize curriculum in their classrooms/student groups,
- Tells us how many schools are actively interested in participating in State Finals on March 1, 2022, and
- Support your efforts by connecting us to participating teachers and learning what your specific needs are questions are.
What does the School Registration Fee cover?
Your fee covers access to online pitch day in late October/early November, access to the optional online webinar series, curriculum resources, new teacher mentoring, and consideration for participation in our state finals event.
Note: for distance learning, pod education, and homeschooling, the per-school fee still applies. We understand that more parents and pod educators may be serving as invention team coaches this year, but we do ask that you keep an educator at your school in the loop.
What information do I need to complete School Registration?
Use this document to help you prepare your answers to the questions asked on the School Registration form. This is a tool for you to complete the registration since the registration form may time out. Please do not email or send us your worksheet.
Mock Pitch Week
Registration: November 8-12, 2021
Link to Register: Posted in November
What is Mock Pitch Week?
Mock Pitch Week is an optional and online K-12 InVenture Prize event that is designed to give students feedback on their inventions. Mock Pitch Week takes place online and is asynchronous, meaning that teachers have one week upload their students' project proposals through the RocketJudge Registration Portal. After the registration period, the student projects are sent to and evaluated by our judging panel, which include Georgia Tech faculty, students, and industry experts. Scores and feedback from our judging panel are emailed to teachers for students to continue developing their inventions via the iterative design process.
Wednesday, March 2nd from 11am-1pm (ONLINE)
This competition cycle, State Finals will take place online and is synchronous, meaning that students will present their inventions to judges LIVE during the State Finals event on Wednesday, March 2nd. The 2022 competition will include elementary, middle, and high school students. The winners of each division will be eligible to compete at the annual National Invention Convention.
Thursday, March 3rd from 11am-12pm (ONLINE) (TENTATIVE)
The awards ceremony celebrates the achievements of all of our participating K-12 InVenture Prize participants and announces the winners of this year's K-12 InVenture Prize competition. The winners of each division will be eligible to compete at the annual National Invention Convention.
Teams will have maximum of 3 team members. Teams will need to upload a short 30-45 second video introducing the team video and project that judges will see before the live judging.
The judging is a live, virtual event so teams will need to be available March 1st from 11am -1pm to present their project. Each team will be in their own "judging room" and judges will enter and the teams will pitch to the judges (live). Similar to shark tank. We won't have access to share screens so make sure you have some type of poster or PowerPoint on another computer or even just talk about the project. The judges will be more lenient this year especially with this event being online.
Each judging room will need to have an adult present for the whole two hours, whether it's a teacher or a parent/guardian. This is GT's policy for minors/youth participating in any GT event. As long as a parent is there in the room with the student, it should be fine. You can have your teacher there, muted, as long as the teacher is there the entire time.
Need a demo on how to access and use RocketJudge for live judging? Check out this walkthrough for competitors!
What do you need to judge?
Just yourself and your phone or other web-enabled device. *The app RocketJudge will be used to evaluate projects. Please bring a hand-held web-enabled device (phone or tablet) to use for judging.*
Sign up to judge pitches here! Registration link
Rubric/ Judging Criteria:
Student Projects will be judged by industry experts and Georgia Tech community members. Judging will take place electronically. Judges will rate the projects in terms of :
Enthusiasm & Communication
These categories are explained in more detail on the rubric, linked here.
While logbooks are not formally required as a part of K-12 InVenture Prize judging process, they are required at the NIC competition and are always good practice for scientists and engineers. We strongly encourage all teams to keep records in their logbooks and bring them to their school competition and State Finals. Below are some helpful resources for starting, organizing, and keeping your logbook.
From the K-12 InVenture Prize Team: Logbook Instructions
From a K-12 InVenture Prize Teacher: Inventor's Log Book
View helpful Lesson Plans here.
View the K-12 InVenture Rubric for more information about what the judges are looking for!
Want to host your own Competition?
Are you a new to InVenture or a prospective teacher looking to implement a new school competition? We've compiled a short Host Your Own Competition packet to help planning and brainstorming. Please attend a Teacher Workshop to meet the K-12 InVenture Team and other InVenture Teachers as we go through the curriculum and competitions!