Intent to Invent Plan

On a separate piece of paper, type or write out answers to the questions below. Be sure to give detailed answers and pay attention to how many points each part is worth.

Describe the problem or improvement that inspired your invention
How do you intend on solving or improving your problem?
What topics did you research to make sure your invention is authentic?
What materials and steps do you plan on taking in making your prototype?
Who is your target audience?


Research and Development

On a separate piece of paper, type or write out answers to the questions below. Be sure to give detailed answers and pay attention to how many points each part is worth.


Give a detailed description of your invention
Describe and list the materials of your prototype
What problems did you encounter?
Give a detailed “pitch”. Include what the problem is and how your product is the solution. This should convince me that I cannot live without your product.
Finished Product Requirements/Suggestions


Required:

-an attractive display (Science Board)
-create a promotion plan through posters or other eye-catching materials
-display a prototype of your invention

Suggestions:

-design packaging for your invention
-create an advertisement for your invention


JUDGING FORM - SAMPLE

The Invention Convention Judging Form

Name of Inventor_______________________

Title of Invention_______________________

Judge(Shark)__________________________


Circle the appropriate rating (5 being the highest)

Does this invention identify and address a problem?

        5    4    3    2    1


How well has this inventor done research and provided evidence to show that no similar process or product exists?

        5    4    3    2    1


How knowledgeable and enthusiastic is the inventor about the invention?

        5    4    3    2    1


How well is this invention designed and/or constructed?

        5    4    3    2    1


How effectively has the inventor advertised and presented the invention?

        5    4    3    2    1


Has the inventor has provided required documentation for a patent?

        5    4    3    2    1


Total Points:_______

This year we will be participating in a special kind of science fair * called the Invention Convention. It is designed to promote your child's problem-solving and creative-thinking skills. Your child will invent a new product or develop a new method for doing something.

You can begin your preparation for the Invention Convention by having the students learn about inventors and their inventions. By doing so, we hope the students will gain an appreciation for the invention process and thus be better prepared to create their own inventions. The first step in the actual invention process will be finding an idea for an invention. Encourage your child to find a problem that needs to be solved and list three ideas.

Once your child has settled on an idea and researched it to make sure that the idea has not been used before, the inventor can begin their project!

As your child begins the actual process of inventing, your continued interest and encouragement will be helpful. Discuss the progress he or she is making and any problems that are encountered. Remind your child that although inventors often experience failure along the way, they remain persistent and keep trying and thinking of new ideas to solve a problem. Once the invention has been completed, your child may apply for a patent by completing a Patent Application form!

The Invention Convention will be held on Monday, November 6th all day. The student can bring their invention, along with a project board showing their steps, process, etc by 9AM. The inventions will stay set up all day.  Judges will be attending the invention convention between 12 and 1PM when 1st, 2nd and 3rd will be awarded.

We know your child will enjoy and benefit from this experience in scientific problem solving. Although we want you to encourage to your child in this inventive effort, we ask you not to become overly involved in your child's project. Your support and cooperation are greatly appreciated. We hope to see you at the Invention Convention!

PLANNING TIPS AND SAMPLE JUDGING GUIDE

A New Kind of SCIENCE FAIR...

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