Invention Sites

Presentation (Maximum time 5 min)

  • How do you plan to catch the judges’ attention?
  • Do you have a catchy product name?
  • Do you have a product logo? Slogan? Jingle/Song? Moto?
  • How are you packaging your product? Is it attractive?
  • What type of display do you plan to for your presentation?
  • Can you demonstrate your product or give our samples?
  • What do you plan to say? Remember to discuss:
    • Cost of making the product.
    • Time needed to produce the product.
    • How much you plan to sell your product for?
    • What is your prediction for how much money this product can make over time?
    • How much money are you asking the SHARKS to invest? What will you use this money for?
    • How do you plan to promote your product to others?
    • What need does it serve? What problem does it solve?
    • Who is your audience? Who will buy this product?
    • Who is going to speak? What role will each person play in your presentation?
    • What do you plan to wear for your presentation?

Finding Ideas
Thinking Flexibly

  • Substitute - What else instead? Who else instead? Other ingredients? Other material? Other power? Other place?
  • Combine - How about a blend, an ensemble? Combine purposes? Combine appeals?
  • Adapt - What else is like this? What other idea does this suggest? Is there something you're familiar with that is similar to this? How could this be adapted?
  • Minify - Order, form, shape? What to add?
  • Magnify - Greater frequency? Higher? Longer? Thicker?
  • Put to other uses - New ways to use as is? Other uses I modified? Other places to use? Other people to reach?
  • Eliminate - What to subtract? Smaller? Condensed? Miniature? Lower? Shorter? Lighter? Omit? Streamline?
  • Reverse - Interchange components? Other pattern?
  • Rearrange - Other layout? Other sequence? Transpose cause and effect? Change pace? Transpose positive and negative? How about opposites? Turn it backward? Turn it upside-down? Reverse roles?

BrainstormingRules for Brainstorming
  • No CriticismAllowed People tend to automatically evaluate each suggested idea--their own as well as others. Both internal and external criticism are to be avoided while brainstorming. Neither positive nor negative comments are allowed. Either type inhibits the free flow of thought and requires time which interferes with the next rule. Write each spoken idea down as it is given and move on.
  • Work for Quantity Alex Osborn stated that "Quantity breeds quality." People must experience a "brain drain" (get all the common responses out of the way) before the innovative, creative ideas can surface; therefore, the more ideas, the more likely they are to be quality ideas.
  • Hitchhiking Welcome Hitchhiking occurs when one member's idea produces a similar idea or an enhanced idea in another member. All ideas should be recorded.
  • Freewheeling Encouraged Outrageous, humorous, and seemingly unimportant ideas should be recorded. It is not uncommon for the most off-the-wall ideas to yield significant inventions

Invention Checklist
Before you make your final decision about your invention, go through this checklist to help you decide if it is feasible:
The invention is original and will meet a need or solve a problem.
The materials needed are inexpensive.
The materials are easy to get a hold of.
We have researched and have a basic understanding of how we can construct this device.
We have the necessary adult expertise needed to construct our invention.
We have access to the appropriate tools needed to construct our invention.
The invention can be developed, built and tested in 4 class periods over the next five weeks.
If you cannot check off each of these statements you need to reconsider or rethink your invention idea.