"This project has been challenging, but it gives you hands-on experience with how to create a useful product." |
Jeff Lewis, Newberg High School InvenTeam student (2007)
The initial application has five parts:
Applicants may optionally submit a special consideration statement and a summer project development proposal.
- Teacher and high school information form
- Invention project proposal
- Invention interest statement
- School administrator’s letter of support
- Teacher's current resume or CV
Applications are assessed on project planning, student organization, and potential for collaboration. A strong application is sophisticated and prepared with student assistance. It proposes student-generated ideas, demonstrates the teacher's ability to facilitate a self-directed learning project, and identifies potential community partnerships.
Individual teachers or teams of two or three teachers may apply; a lead teacher must be designated for a team. Teachers may apply for early action to receive preliminary feedback that can enhance their initial application drafts for a stronger submission.
Mini-grants up to $250 each are available as part of the optional summer project development proposal to help develop final applications.
| Newberg High School InvenTeam (2007)
The final application is a detailed project proposal that outlines seven core areas:
- Problem and proposed solution
- Invention statement
- Competitive technologies
- Project organization and timeline
- Potential partnerships
- InvenTeam roster
Student participation is essential for preparing the final application. Technical feasibility of the proposed solution is assessed.