Thank you for embarking on the InVenture Prize curriculum with your students.  It will require them to think, conduct research, work collaboratively with a team and harness their creativity skills.  We have developed 14 lessons that are available on our website www.k12inventure.org.  The lessons walk students (and teachers) through the design engineering process, and culminate in a digital presentation that can be entered in the K12 Inventure State Competition at Georgia Tech.


2020 InVenture Prize Timeline

August - December: Complete lessons and K12Inventure Unit curriculum

December - January: Students present projects/compete in local competitions

Friday, Feb. 7th:  Deadline for submitting final team(s) to Georgia Tech State Finals

Monday, Feb. 17th: -State Finalists will be announced  

Wednesday, March 11th :  Finalists will present at GA Tech with tri-board     


K12 Inventure Unit Lessons Grades 4-8:


  • K12 InVenture Prize Website:   

    • All lessons and materials are presented online so that teachers may easily implement it into their classrooms.

  • Pacing Guide:

    • Explains each of the lessons and tasks that students will complete.  Teachers should feel free to adjust lessons to fit their classes’ needs and time constraints.

    • Includes all teacher directions, website links, and links for printable handouts.

    • Extension Activities have been added for each lesson that addresses the needs of advanced students or students who desire to learn more. 

    • Some lessons feature independent video exploration that can be done at home or in the classroom.



Roles in the Inventure Unit


  • Share and model lessons so students understand the steps in the Design Thinking Process

  • Conference with teams as they work through the various parts of the Design Thinking Process. Thinking of original ideas takes persistence and can be difficult for both students and teachers. It is crucial to help teams when they are “stuck,”; however, teachers should not supply ideas or solutions to teams.

  • Evaluate students based on contributions to group work, collaboration, communication, Log Book and culminating project.



  • Complete lessons to the best of their ability

  • Keep a notebook/journal of ALL work completed throughout the process. This will be used in the

  • Work collaboratively with team members

  • Do their fair share of tasks to complete project

  • Complete homework when assigned



  • Provide prototyping material as needed

  • Assist with carpentry tasks such as sawing, drilling, etc.

  • Parents SHOULD NOT make prototype or give students solutions


Options for Local Competitions:

  • Classroom/School Competition - Teams present one at a time to teachers/invited judges who score them on a rubric to determine which teams will be submitted to GA Tech to compete for a spot at the State Finals.

  • Exhibition - Multiple classroom teams come to a common area (IE:  Media Center) to display projects and parents are invited to view all projects.  Judges can either circulate among projects or can be in a separate area where students bring projects to them.  This is helpful if noise level is a concern.

  • Showcase - Teams can share projects and no judging if the school opts not to send team(s) to Georgia Tech State Finals.


  • Judges:  It is helpful to have a variety of judges.  For example, the National Invention Convention has one engineer, one educator and one business person in each judging team.