On May 2, 2014, a panel of Smithsonian Lemelson Center and ePals staff members will announce the winners. The judges will score entries based on how the invention solves a real-world problem and how the key steps of invention were addressed. See Scoring Guide.
There will be eight winners, an individual winner and a group winner for each of the four age categories. Each of the winners will receive one of the following prizes: a LEGO set, a book set from the Smithsonian, or for those completing all seven steps, a scholarship to attend Camp Invention for children entering grades one through six or legal services for filing a patent application under the winner’s name.
The eight winners will be finalists in the ePals’ Choice Award. The winner with the most votes from an online poll will receive the ePals Choice Award that will be announced at the end of May. The prize is a LEGO set or the services of Nelson Mullins to assist in filing a patent application if his/her submission complies with the seven steps.
Notification: All potential winners will be notified by mail, email and/or telephone using the contact information on the submission form. If a potential winner cannot be contacted, does not respond within five days from the date the Sponsor first tries to notify him/her, fails to return the affidavit and release or refuses the prize, the potential winner forfeits all rights to win the Challenge and its prizes. An alternate winner may be selected.