8th Annual Event Dates and Venue Set

The deadline for submitting invention entries online for the 8th Annual Competition is January 29, 2016.  


Who is Eligible?

The competition is open to students K-8 in:

  • Hillsborough County
  • Pinellas County
  • Pasco County
  • Hernando County
  • Citrus County
  • Manatee County
  • Sarasota County
  • Polk County

Preliminary Judging

Top 50 entries selected Feb. 1, 2016. Preliminary judging by the USF Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors on Feb. 3, 2016 will select the top ten (10) finalists.   015

HSN Workshop

Finalist presentation workshop on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at HSN Studios (St. Pete) (tentative).


Prizes and Awards

Every competitor receives a free day pass to Tampa’s award-winning Museum of Science and Industry.   The top ten finalists receive annual family passes.  Awards include:

  1. Grand Prize:   $1,000 to the student and another $1,000 to the school
  2. Second Prize: $500 to the student and another $500 to the school
  3. Third Prize: $250 to the student and another $250 to the school


Plus surprise gifts from HSN. 

Finalist Presentations

Finalist presentations  6:00 PM, February 11, 2016 at the University of South Florida at the newly constructed USF Music Concert Hall on USF’s Tampa Campus.


Its time to get inventive!