Frequently Asked Questions
Do I really have to put my video online to enter the contest? What if I don’t want anyone else to see it?
Yes. This is the only way for us to manage large video files and the online voting process. If you are concerned about privacy and safety, check out our safety tips here. Entries can be completely annonymous and you don't even have to be in the video if you are feeling shy. If you really don't want anyone to see your project, just have fun inventing and engineering right along with us.... you aren't required to enter the contest!
What if I don't have a video camera or video editing software?
No need to be fancy here! Most phones and digital cameras are also video cameras. You could also use the camera on a Chromebook or other computer. We don't require professional quality videos or special effects. Just point and shoot. While the popular choice awards may be swayed by fancy videos, the judges won't be.
Why should I join your mailing list?
This is the fastest and easiest way to get the latest challenges and winner announcements. We'll also send out occassional engineering tips and tricks.
Can I buy a t-shirt or other Invent the Summer items?
Items are not for sale at this time. We thought a store might be a little bit too much for us to manage in our first year of this project. However, if you are interested in making a purchase, please let us know. If enough people express interest we could always change our minds!
How old do I have to be to participate in Invent the Summer?
Anyone can participate in our challenges, regardless of age. However, to enter the contest you must be 12-years-old or younger.
How do you make sure all of the contest videos are child appropriate?
We take your safety very seriously. We know that there are less than nice people out there who might try to slip a very inapporpriate video into our contest. We don't want our kids to see that stuff either. Because of that, we will view and approve all videos prior to posting them into our gallery. In the very unlikely event that something does slip through, please be sure to tell us right away and we'll take it down immediately.
Why do I have to give you my name and email address to enter the contest?
How else will we be able to inform you when you win? This information will not be sold or shared online with anyone else. We simply need to know who has entered our contests so we can inform the winners!