Independent Students’ Invention Fair

Independent Students’ Invention Fair

Students who are not inventing at a Young Inventors’ Program® site are eligible to compete in the Independent Students’ Invention Fair. This fair is an opportunity for young inventors to showcase their invention projects and celebrate their efforts. It is also a competition and required for students who want to progress to the Northern New England Invention Convention and Invention Convention U.S. Nationals. Please see below for details.

Independent Students’ Invention Fair

2021 fair date will be announced in early winter.

Schedule (tentative for in-person or virtual event)

3:30pm- Inventors may begin to arrive and set up
4:00pm-4:15pm- Inventors set up
4:15pm-5:15pm- Judging Session and inventor presentations
4:45pm-5:30pm- Family and Friend Viewing
5:30pm-6:30pm- Awards presentation and Inventor Celebration

All students will be recognized for their achievements and awards will be presented. Selected students from our Independent Students’ Invention Fair will be invited to present their inventions at the Northern New England Regional Invention Convention with an opportunity to move on to the Invention Convention U.S. Nationals.

Register for Independent Students’ Invention Fair

More details will be announced with the 2021 date.

Who is eligible?

Independent students who do not have access to a local Young Inventors’ Program Invention Fair in their school or community, homeschool students, and students who incorporated invention projects into their individual learning plan are eligible to participate.

Students who live more than 45 minutes from Concord, NH may participate virtually. Students local to Concord may be considered for virtual participation on a case by case basis. Please contact the YIP director.

YIP Challenge 2020: The Green School Challenge

Each year, the Young Inventors’ Program offers an additional challenge. Inventors who accept the challenge must incorporate a special element into their invention design. The Challenge Invention Category includes all inventions which incorporate the year’s theme. The Challenge may provide more direction for students who are overwhelmed by the thought of brainstorming a problem to solve, or for those students seeking to push themselves to think outside of the box.

The YIP Challenge theme for 2020, is the Green School Challenge. Now is your opportunity to make your school more efficient and environmentally friendly. What can you do to reduce food waste in the cafeteria, cook or serve meals differently, save energy, make an easier or fun way to recycle or compost, or reduce water usage? We know you have some bright ideas. So let’s begin to make your school a “greener” place.

Participation Requirements:

All students presenting inventions in the Independent Students’ Invention Fair must have the following materials with their project:

  • Inventor’s Journal
  • Tri-fold poster display
  • 2-3 minute oral presentation in which they present their project
  • Not required, but recommended: a model or prototype (working or non-working) of their invention

Virtual Participation Requirements:

If approved by the YIP Director to participate in the Independent Students’ Invention Fair virtually, inventors must submit the following required materials:

  • Inventor’s Journal: scan and upload to Google Drive for sharing
  • 3-4 minute video (continuous and unedited), in which they present their project: upload and share link. If you need help, contact Sara at 603.228.4530 x207 and we will upload to our private YouTube channel

All materials for virtual participation are due by 5:00pm (EST), deadline date will be announced in early winter.

Virtual Judging: 2021 dates to be announced.

Rules of Competition General and Challenge Invention

General and Challenge Invention Teams

Only two students are allowed per Invention Team. Students do not have to be from the same grade.
All team members must take part in the team presentation.
All team members should keep their own YIP Inventor’s Journal or invention logbook. Note: logbooks are required materials for the regional and national competitions.
Each student can enter only one project (Invention or Chain Reaction Machine) for the School/Local Invention Fair, the Northern New England Regional Invention Convention, and the Invention Convention U.S. Nationals. No student can enter both an individual and a team project.
Teams will compete against individuals and vice versa.
The judging process for individuals and teams is exactly the same at all levels.

General and Challenge Invention Project Requirements

All projects must have the following components:

  • YIP Inventor’s Journal or invention logbook
  • The journal documents the student’s journey and all aspects of the invention process. Journals should be used throughout the development of the project and should not be a report completed after the fact.
  • 3-panel Display Board
  • Displays are a visual aid to communicate significant aspects of the invention.
  • A tri-fold display board may be a maximum of 48” wide and 36” tall (the board should be 24” with both 12” sides folded in.) The board must fit into a footprint of no more than 30” wide (with sides folded in) on the tabletop. Prototypes and models should fit within this tabletop space as well or on the floor in front of the table and should not encroach upon neighboring display spaces. No oversize displays will be allowed.

Display boards must have the following information in one consolidated place on the poster:

  • Student(s) Name(s)
  • Name of Invention
  • Student(s) Grade(s)
  • Student(s) School
  • School City, State
  • Statement of the problem
  • Explanation of the invention as a solution to the problem
  • Details of model construction
  • Diagrams of design

*Note: Models or prototypes (which may be working or non-working) are not required but are recommended. These models demonstrate the key characteristics that make the invention valuable, original, and useful. This model does not have to be fully functional.

General and Challenge Invention Project Restrictions

The following items are not allowed on your person or in your project:

  • Electric stun guns, martial arts weapons or devices
  • Guns, replica guns, ammunition, and fireworks
  • Knives of any size
  • Mace and pepper spray
  • Razors and box cutters
  • Live animals
  • No balloons, glitter, or confetti are allowed in any form

If a project requires batteries, these must be provided by the inventor. We will have limited access to electrical outlets.

Rules of Competition Chain Reaction Machines

Chain Reaction Machine Teams

Teams of up to four students will be allowed per Chain Reaction Machine invention. Students do not have to be from the same grade.
All team members must take part in the team presentation.
All team members should keep their own YIP Inventor’s Journal or invention logbook.
Each student can enter only one project (Invention or Chain Reaction Machine) for the School/Local Invention Fair and the Northern New England Regional Invention Convention. No student can enter both an individual and a team project.
Teams will compete against individuals and vice versa.
The judging process for individuals and teams is exactly the same at all levels.

Chain Reaction Machine Project Requirements

All projects must have the following components:
YIP Inventor’s Journal or invention logbook
The journal documents the student’s journey and all aspects of the invention process. Journals should be used throughout the development of the project and should not be a report completed after the fact.
The task performed in the Chain Reaction Machine must take at least 6 steps to complete.
Chain Reaction Machines must incorporate a minimum of 4 of the following simple machines at least once:

  • wheel and axle
  • pulley
  • inclined plane
  • screw
  • wedge
  • lever

Steps and machine components labeled appropriately on display or contraption.

Chain Reaction Project Restrictions

The following items are not allowed on your person or in your project:

  • Electric stun guns, martial arts weapons or devices
  • Guns, replica guns, ammunition, and fireworks
  • Knives of any size
  • Mace and pepper spray
  • Razors and box cutters
  • Live animals
  • No balloons, glitter, or confetti are allowed in any form

If a project requires batteries, these must be provided by the inventor. We will have limited access to electrical outlets.