Timeline

  • green_light

    01/17

    Official Start

  • red_light

    04/14

    Submission Deadline

  • blue-ribbon

    05/02

    Winners Announced

  • star

    05/19

    ePals Choice Winner Announced

Guidelines

Each Challenge entry must identify a real-world problem and demonstrate at least the following four Spark!Lab Key Steps of the Invention Process:
  • Think It: Have a great idea for an invention
  • Explore It: Investigate inventions and ideas of the past
  • Sketch It: Draw pictures and diagrams to figure out how your invention might work
  • Sell It: Market your invention to people who might buy it
The real world-problem may be one that all the people in your neighborhood face, something that all your friends complain about, or an issue you talk about where you live. It could also be about a bigger, global problem that affects many people. Your entry must describe how you help solve the problem by inventing something new. To qualify for the Nelson Mullins patent opportunities and Camp Invention scholarships, your entry must address all seven Spark!Lab Key Steps of the Invention Process, the four listed above and the following three:
  • Create It: Build a prototype or model of your invention
  • Try It: Test your invention
  • Tweak It: Keep improving your invention
For the evaluation criteria, see the Scoring Guide.