Over 120 elementary and middle school students in the Tustin Unified School District will be participating in the 30th annual “Astounding Inventions” competition on Saturday, Jan. 28 at Irvine Valley College, 5500 Irvine Center Drive. The 2017 competition is presented by Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, LLP and the Irvine Valley College Foundation.
The event will feature hand-made inventions by kindergarten through eighth-grade students in the Tustin and Irvine unified school districts. Students will complete an Inventor’s Log to document their process and build a model of their idea. This year, students also had the option of creating a “video pitch” of their invention. The competition and exhibition will be held in IVC’s Hart Gymnasium and feature a variety of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities, displays and demonstrations.
Public viewing of the student inventions will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and the awards ceremony begins at noon in the Hart Gym. Admission and parking are free.
The grand prize inventor will receive representation by Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, LLP with an opportunity to patent his or her invention.
In past years, several Tustin Unified student inventors have been selected to appear on network TV shows.
TUSD’s top finalists will be recognized at the school board meeting on Monday, March 13 at 6 p.m. at the District Administration Center, 300 South C Street.
For more information, call the TUSD Communication Office at (714) 730-7339.