Deadline for submission of projects:

Thursday, December 20, 2018 just after drop-off (8:10 AM) at the outside stage on the Quad.

Dear Parents,

For many years IUSD students have participated in an exciting design and engineering competition called Astounding Inventions. Students are asked to think of a real-world problem they would like to solve and create an invention or design that might help to fix this problem. 

Your child is invited to let his or her imagination go wild and create something new and exciting.  Everyone can be an inventor!  Inventors are problem solvers! 

Projects are judged on the child’s ideas, not on the model.

We will be collecting submissions from interested UP students on Thursday, December 20.  Selected student projects will move on to the district’s contest, which will be held on Saturday,January 26, 2019 at Irvine Valley College. These winning projects must be set up at IVC on Friday,January 25, 2019.

Parental involvement is encouraged; however, it is important that the invention ideas, illustrations, and descriptions are your child’s own.  Parents of K-3 students may assist with filling out the Inventor’s Notebook; parents of all students may help with building and photographing the models.

Visit the links below for information on how to complete the three required elements of the contest:  the model, the Inventor’s Notebook, and the display.  Make sure to also submit asubmission form with your child’s project.  That form is attached to this e-mail. Click Here for it: University Park Elementary 2018 Astounding Inventions Submission Form 

Questions?  Email the UP Astounding Inventions team:
Hannah Campbell, AI Chair:

Patty Pierson, AI Helper:

How to Enter:
Students can compete as individuals or as teams of two in three divisions: 
K-3, 4-5, 6-8.

Each entry must come from one individual student or from a group of 2 students. Students in a group should be within the same grade division (K-3, 4-5, 6-8).

Complete student rules:

Sample Astounding Inventions Projects to Help You Get Started:

IUSD STEM website with complete details about the contest:

Required for Submission:

1.  Submission form (attached to this e-mail)

2.  Model:  Note: your model does not need to work

3.  Inventor’s Notebook (K-3 students’ parents may help with completing this form):

4.  Video Pitch OR Display/ Display Board:
How to Make a Video Pitch:

  • Note: If you are completing a video pitch, please share it in Google Drive with this address: Make sure the video’s permissions are set as “Anyone who has the link can access. No sign-in required”

How to Make a Display Board:


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