Introduction

 

The InVenture Prize at Georgia Tech is the largest undergraduate collegiate invention competition in the United States.  Student teams develop and present inventions which are judged by experts. Six finalists are then selected to advance to the final round, which is shown live by Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB).

What is the K-12 InVenture Prize?

 

The K-12 InVenture Prize was piloted in 2012 and is an extension of the Institute’s annual InVenture Prize.  The program challenges K-12 students to identify real-world problems and design novel solutions through careful analysis, creativity, and the scientific method. 

 

The K-12 InVenture Prize competition is the qualifying event to represent the state of Georgia at the National Invention Convention & Entrepreneurship Expo (NICEE). This past year, 9 top teams were sent to NICEE where our students took home top honors. 

 

What will we do in our Inventure Unit?

We will use design thinking to identify a problem and develop a unique solution.  We will work together in teams to brainstorm solutions, search for comparable patents, make a prototype, and pitch your idea!  We will use fun hands-on activities, and have the opportunity to get advice from real inventors and Georgia Tech faculty members. All program participants will have an opportunity to submit an entry to the State K-12 InVenture Prize competition in March.  Teams chosen to compete with other Georgia students will do so in April.

We will keep all evidence of our thinking to create a logbook to document our process.  In other words, KEEP EVERYTHING!  Sketches (even if messy), notes, articles printed and all prototypes.

Let's Get Started!

Leadership Style Strength Survey

Effective teams are made up of people with diverse skills.  Where are your strengths? Are you a Coordinator, Team Worker, Creative, Techie, or Communicator?  

  • Complete the Leadership Strength survey, answering honestly and placing a checkmark in the appropriate column.

  • Color code your answers (click on the example below), and label your strengths using the Teacher’s Key. Circle your top strength and weakness.

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WhatIs Your Super Power?

Now that you know your strengths, create a Super Hero with your unique and wonderful super powers. 

Empathize

Define

Ideate

Prototype

Test