Irvine Valley College Hosts 32nd Annual Astounding Inventions Competition

Monday, February 04, 2019

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More than 2,000 students participated in the Irvine Valley College32nd Annual Astounding Inventions student competition presented by Cox Communications and sponsored by Knobbe Martens.

Students from both the Irvine and Tustin Unified School Districts competed for prizes in this elaborate science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) competition that fosters student entrepreneurship and creative thinking. Students had the option of submitting a traditional poster or creating a video to describe their project.

In addition to the invention competition, Edwards Lifesciences hosted the Innovation Village Center with hands-on STEAM activities that were free and open to all. During fall 2018, nearly 4,000 students representing 58 schools in the Irvine and Tustin Unified School Districts submitted their inventions for judging at their schools. From these submissions, approximately 350 finalists were chosen to compete.

Students competed for $10,000 in cash prizes, as well as certificates of achievement and ribbons. Over 52 judges representing the scientific, education, civic, and business communities determined the winners. In addition, as part of its title sponsorship, Knobbe Martens will select two student inventions based on perceived patentability, and offer to conduct a pro bono prior art search and write a provisional patent application for the selected inventions.

Students were recognized at an award ceremony by Glenn Roquemore, president, Irvine Valley College; T.J. Prendergast, president, Board of Trustees, South Orange County Community College District; Michael Drennen, director of sales, Cox Business; Sean Kim, associate, Knobbe Martens.

Also in attendance for the ceremony were Irvine Unified School District Board President Lauren Brooks, and Board Member Ira Glasky.

Click here for more information about the Irvine Valley College Astounding Inventions program.

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