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.

2021 InVenture Prize Timeline

August - December: Complete lessons and K-12 InVenture 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  

Thursday, March 11th :  Finalists will present virtually on the RocketJudge app

Important Dates for the 20-21 School Year:

  • August:  Register your school for the K-12 InVenture Prize Competition 

    • All teachers who attended training will receive an email with directions,  

    • There is a $75 registration fee per school

    • Provide accurate student participation data as it determines the number of students who may enter the Online Qualifier

  • October:   Mock Pitch Day 

    • Students submit an informal pitch to receive feedback

  • Early February:  Online Qualifier & State Finalists 

    • Schools submit teams for the opportunity to participate in the state competition by entering a 4-minute video of their pitch and information about their invention.

  • Late February:  State Finalist teams are announced.

    • There is a $100 registration fee per team due if your team competes at K-12 InVenture Prize State Finals at Georgia Tech.

  • March 11, 2021:  K-12 InVenture Prize State Finals at Georgia Tech

    • Location: Virtual / Remote on the RocketJudge App

    • Time:​ 11am - 1:30pm Eastern Standard Time

  • March 17, 2021: K-12 InVenture Prize Awards Ceremony

    • Location: Virtual / Remote

    • Time: 11am - 12pm

K-12 InVenture Unit Lessons


  • 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 most lessons that address the needs of advanced students or students who desire to learn more. 

    • Most 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.