Calling Bright Young Inventors for a Contest of Polymer Creativity


2017 Arts & Leisure First Place Winner: Parker Frye – "LIBERTY: The Sum of Our Parts"

Are you ready to stretch your imagination?

The Rubber Band Contest for Young Inventors is accepting submissions for 2018! The contest that encourages critical thinking and inspires kids to learn about the world of polymers is kicking off for its 10th year.

Since 2007 kids from grades 5-8 have been able to submit their invention or artwork for a chance to win, with one unique requirement: The submission must utilize at least one rubber band.

This is one of many fun ways the Akron Global Polymer Academy aims to teach young students more about polymers and inspire them to get involved in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) education. The Rubber Band Contest for Young Inventors emphasizes a hands-on approach to learning that promotes creativity and innovation.

2017 Science & Engineering First Place Winner: Tyler Walter – "Rubber Band Powered Electromagnetic Generator"

There are two divisions and two opportunities to win in this competition. Arts & Leisure accepts artwork of any medium, new games, and other recreational creations as long as the entry includes at least one rubber band. Science & Engineering will consider a useful invention utilizing at least one rubber band. Each division will have a first place winner and a second place winner, selected from six finalists, which will be decided by a panel of judges consisting of scientists, artists, and educators.

If they enter their submission before the March 2nd deadline, they will be considered for a winning prize of $600, a second place prize of $300, or a finalist prize of $150. Not only do the students have the opportunity to win money, their schools may benefit as well. The 8 schools with the most entries will receive a $200 donation.

Submissions in the past have included sculptures, a music box, games, cannons, and even a generator. Clearly, this contest brings the best and the brightest out to play with rubber bands, and we can't wait to see what they come up with next.

To learn more about the contest, visit


A few past winners and runners-up talk about their experiences with the contest, as well as tell us some of the story behind their prize-winning entries.