“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” is looking for talented young inventors to feature on an upcoming show! The USF Young Innovator Competition will submit all ten finalist to NBC’s Tonight Show for consideration. On February 12, 2015. Previous inventors on Fallonventions have won $5,000 for their appearance courtesy of GE.
The online submission system for the 7th Annual USF Young Innovator Competition is mobile friendly. You can submit your invention on your tablet and/or smart phone. To submit an invention, go to www.sendinvention.com
The 7th Annual USF Young Innovator Competition is proud to introduce online invention entry this year. The deadline for entry is Feb. 1, 2015. To submit online, go to www.sendinvention.com. After creating a login and student profile you may submit as many inventions as you like and upload your prototype images and/or drawings. For a tutorial on how to submit online please see the screen-shots below:
The 7th Annual USF Young Innovator Competition deadline for entries is February 1, 2015. The competition is open to students kindergarten through 8th grade (K-8) in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, Citrus, Manatee, Sarasota and Polk counties. Entry forms are available on our website. Every entry wins a pass to Tampa’s Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI). Top inventors are eligible for thousands in cash and prizes.
Here are just some of our past top inventions:
|2009: Scratch pad for dogs that damage doors.|
|2010: A magnetic apparatus that picks up pins and staples then safely releases them. U.S. Patent. 8641112.|
|2011: A dog drying suit. U.S. Patent 8371246.|
|2012: A UV-light box for disinfecting sponges.|
|2013: A sifter for cereal.|
|2014: Glow in the dark socks.|
George Seits (17) is a two-time finalist in the USF Young Innovator Competition (2012 and 2013). In 2012, he invented a compacting shovel, particularly useful for hiking and military personnel.
Then in 2013, Seits invented a novel packaging configuration for French fries to hold condiments like ketchup while reducing paper waste and costs to restaurants.
Seits further filed and was awarded United States Patent 8,820,806 September 2, 2014 on his 2012 shovel invention. USF System President Judy Genshaft and the National Academy of Inventors, USF Chapter will recognize George Seits at the February 11, 2015 Finalist Competition at the Patel Center on the USF Tampa campus.
The USF Young Innovator Program is pleased to present freely distributable curriculum for instruction in the field of innovation. Click on the images below for document-size enlargements suitable for printing or you can download high-quality PDF versions below:
(Updated – Adobe PDF Versions available now.)
- Wants versus needs – invention value (PDF download)
- The patent process – with spelling/vocabulary words (PDF download)
- Famous inventors quiz – who invented these things? (PDF download) (teacher’s key)
- Trademarks – how to name a product with a strong brand. (PDF download)
- Invention – how to document and present your invention. (PDF download)
Brands and trademarks
This worksheet demonstrates the strength of logos and brand names. Children as young as Kindergarten should be able to determine the goods or services associated with each of these famous brands.
What makes a good trademark?
Why are some trademarks strong and others weak? Students learn by easy to understand examples and then try their own hand in coming up with a creative and strong trademark for three different products. Have the class vote on the best trademark.
Famous Inventors Quiz
Who invented the cotton gin? The airplane? The world-wide-web? This is a fun and simple quiz that also comes with a teacher’s key.
Learn the Patent Process and New Spelling Words
How is an invention patented? Learn fourteen (14) new spelling words in the process.
Typically valuable inventions are needs versus something that people merely want (discretionary). This worksheet helps children understand this concept with fun and easy to absorb examples.
How to Present an Invention
How do you convey the value and advantages of an invention clearly? This worksheet and example help student inventors organize their thoughts on paper. Includes an example invention.
The 2015 competition entry form is available online. The competition is accepting applications from students K-8 between November 1, 2014 and February 1, 2015.
Competed forms may be submitted three (3) ways:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fax to 800-726-1491
- Mail to: USF Young Innovator Competition, 180 Pine Avenue North, Oldsmar, FL 34677
Timeline for Competition:
- Top 50 entries selected Feb. 3, 2015.
- Preliminary judging by the National Academy of Inventors on Feb. 4, 2015.
- Finalist presentation workshop (top 10 selected finalists) on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at HSN Studios (St. Pete).
- Finalist presentations 6:00 PM, February 11, 2015 at the University of South Florida Patel Center.