Winners
 

Submissions to each of the 3 challenges will be broken into groups based on the students’ ages. The categories cover the following age ranges:

Category I — Ages 5-7
Category II — Ages 8-11
Category III — Ages 12-14
Category IV — Ages 15+

A winner and runner-up will be selected from each category for each of the challenges. The winners will be chosen by a judging panel comprised of Smithsonian and Lemelson Center experts. No feedback will be given on individual inventions. From the 24 winners and runners-up, 4 finalists will be selected to go head-to-head in an ePals’ Choice voting category. The finalist with the most votes after the campaigning period will be crowned the ePals’ Choice Winner. 



Prizes
 


Special Prize! 
Four lucky winners will have a patent application filed in their names for their invention!
 

ePals’ Choice Winner

The ePals’ Choice Winner will receive a LEGO set, an ePals/Smithsonian beach ball, an ePals Earth stress ball and a patent application filed in their name for their invention (if it is determined eligible) and a scholarship to attend Camp Invention, a program of Invent Now, Inc. (only available in the US).  In addition, the winner and his/her class will get to participate in a video chat with an inventor from the Lemelson Center.
 

Category Winners

The category winners will receive a LEGO set, an ePals/Smithsonian beach ball, an ePals Earth stress ball and the chance to have a patent application filed in their name for their invention (if it is determined eligible) and to attend Camp Invention on scholarship, a program of Invent Now, Inc. (only available in the US). 
 

Runners Up

The category runners-up will receive a LEGO set, an ePals/Smithsonian beach ball, and an ePals Earth stress ball.

 

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