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Rubber Band Contest

For Future Inventors

Are you ready to learn about the exciting world of polymers, and stretch your imaginations? Then let’s get hands-on with a polymer that has some truly unique and amazing properties!

It’s time for the annual Rubber Band Contest for Young Inventors, hosted by the Akron Global Polymer Academy—an outreach division of the School of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering at The University of Akron! This contest challenges students in grades 5-8 to design and create a working invention/artwork that incorporates at least 1 rubber band. Students can compete in one of two separate divisions: 1) Arts & Leisure; or 2) Science & Engineering.

The first-place winner in each division will receive $300.00, while the runner-up in each division will receive $150.00. The four remaining finalists in each division—who are not a first-place winner or runner-up—will receive $75.00. The top eight schools with the most student entries will each receive an equal donation shared from a donation pool of $1,600.

Rubber Division, ACS has sponsored this event since it began in 2007!

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