February 9, 2017
On January 21, 2017, Fitch Even partner Steven G. Parmelee served as a judge at the Invent Idaho Regional Finals, held in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The competition was open to students ranging from grades 1 through 8, split into four divisions by grade level. Individuals or teams of students entered inventions of their own conception and design into one of five project categories. Judging was based on a number of criteria including originality, inventing process, accomplishment of goal or objective, research and documentation, and visual presentation. Following the competition, Steve noted, “Not only were the inventions themselves quite remarkable, but the documented brainstorming, researching, testing, and redesigning that these kids accomplished was inspiring.”
The regional competition winners will advance to the state finals on March 3–4. The top winners of the state finals will participate in the National Invention Convention at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office headquarters in Washington, D.C., on June 1–3.
Invent Idaho was founded in 1989 by two educators with the goal of fostering innovative thinking by challenging students to invent solutions to everyday problems. Since then, the program has succeeded in its mission to inspire, encourage, and recognize thousands of students for their inventions, designs, and innovations.
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