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The Logbook is a necessary step to document each participant’s creative process and is weighed heavily in the judges’ evaluation process. Students participating as part of a team may complete one Team Logbook.
The prototype does not have to function, but it must have been researched or illustrated how the invention would work if the model were operational. Prototypes must fit on a table top, and cannot be larger than 2 feet by 3 feet in size. Recommended maximum price for prototype materials is $60, though students are encouraged to use free and recycled materials whenever possible. Students participating as part of team may complete one model.
The Chicago Student Invention Convention values both process and product, which means that the documentation of the invention process, in all of its failures and messiness, is just as important to the judges as is the final prototype. These are typical categories for scoring:
Winning At CSIC
Each grade is awarded 3rd, 2nd and 1st place.
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These rotating awards categories reflect students’ interests. Examples include the Repurposed Materials Award, the Best Pandemic Invention Award, etc.
The winner receives non-provisional patenting services from Thompson Coburn LLP.
The winner receives mentoring sessions from a professional within the field/scope of the problem.
This project is completed in an after school or out-of-school time setting.
Examples of Past Prizes
- Digital Adventures
- Museum of Science and Industry
- Shedd Aquarium
- Adler Planetarium
- Chicago History Museum
Scholarship to attend Camp Invention