Mark Your Calendars with these Important Dates
The Thomas Edison Pitch Contest has 4 main parts (Registration, Creating Your Project, Final Pitch Presentation Video, & the Pitch Event for Finalists), which will take place over the course of about 5 months. Meeting deadlines is an extremely important part of this contest, meant to give students real-life experience as well as fun opportunities. Be sure to manage your time effectively to ensure success in the competition!
“A genius is often merely a talented person who has done all of his or her homework.”
DEC 1 TO DECEMBER 31 - Early Registration Period (NEW)
The Thomas Edison Pitch Contest will be accepting early registrants in 2019-2020. Early registrants will receive a special Edison gift for getting started early & will be sent their Maker's Kit Mid-January, giving you more time to complete your project.
Register your team here & get your Rough Draft Pitch started!
JANUARY 1 TO JANUARY 30 - Regular Registration Period
Students can still register in January 2020! The Maker's Kits for these students will be sent out the first week of February!
FEBRUARY to MARCH - Work on Projects & Engineering Notebooks
Engineering Design Notebooks must be completed every week through the challenge (5 Total)!
These count as a big part of your score. All notebooks will be due at final submission on April 3.
APRIL 3 - All Final Submissions Due
Your Final Video Presentation and all of your Engineering Design Notebooks are due on this day.
*Please note: There will be no extensions for this due date. Teachers/Mentors will only get the $300 stipend if we receive this final submission.
APRIL 9 - Semifinalists Announced
Judges will decide on the semi-finalists based on scores from registration, notebooks, and final video presentation.
3 teams in each category (High School, Middle School, and Elementary School) will be selected to compete in the Final Pitch Event.
MAY 13 - Final Pitch Event
Teams invited to attend the formal pitch contest to determine winner rankings & receive their prizes. They will pitch their idea in 5 minutes or less to a panel of expert judges at our fun-filled event at the Thomas Edison National Historical Park.