The Main Event
The event will take place in late spring at a venue to be announced. High school and middle school students from teams across New Jersey will gather to display prototypes of inventions and innovations involving alternative forms of energy. The day of the event will be a large scale, high profile event designed to showcase student inventiveness. The day will include student presentations, guest speakers, an education fair and other educational activities.
Competitive teams may submit thier designs in such typlical catagories as:
* Energy Systems - for buildings, structures etc.
* Applications - Heating, cooling, electricity, motive power
* Toys / Games - Educational, entertaining, etc.
* Novelties - Personal, gifts, home & garden, etc.
[This is not an exhaustive list of possible catagories. Teams are free to propose any idea they wish]
The Goals of the Program
1. Promote awareness of Thomas Edison
2. Promote knowledge of alterative energies
3. Encourage and celebrate design, creativity and ingenuity
4. Connect New Jersey education with business and industry
Teachers will be gathered and trained at a kickoff event to introduce you to the concept. This event will take place on a weeknight around late January in the central area of the state. At that time you will be trained in the essential content areas to ensure success in the competition.
Students in teams of NO MORE THAN FOUR may compete. The competition is to be entirely student designed and constructed while making use of teachers and mentors for guidance purposes only. Students must submit proposal documentation outlining plans and intended outcomes prior to the event for approval by the planning committee. This documentation will be provided to students in the form of an “Invention Notebook”. This notebook must be used to show documentation of research and solutions that they have considered. Notebooks will be available in electronic format for easy downloading and printing for various schools.
A prototype of their idea must be demonstrated at the Invention Challenge Event. Students can assemble their models out of any material, but the event will encourage the use of recycled materials to minimize costs.
Students will demonstrate entrepreneurial skills how to bring their idea to market. The students must conduct market research to prove the validity of their idea. A presentation of their work will be a component of their interview.
Approximate Schedule of Events
Early November - Teacher Creativity Sessions @ Edison Laboratory
Late December - Invention Proposals Due
Late January - Kickoff Meeting at PSEG Facility
Late March - Student Competition
Support Materials for Teams
You will be provided with a “start up kit” (over $200 in value) containing materials pertinent to your prototype.
Benefits to Students
Awards will be given to students (in teams of up to 4) in several different categories including but not limited too: Most Innovative, Best Marketing, Best Use of Materials, Best Documentation, Best All Around, Best Prototype.
Benefits to Teachers
Benefits to Supporters
Please let us know if you would like to be a part of this event. Space is limited and schools will be selected by the planning committee based on the short application form that you can fill out by clicking on the "Register Now" link below.
Applicants will be informed of their status by January 2, 2012.
In order to apply, you must be a current professional member of NJTEA and a current teacher of technology education in New Jersey.
More information, schedules, documents and rubrics will be made available in the near future.