Rubber Band Contest

For Young Inventors

Assortment of rubber bands in different colors and widths

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

The annual Rubber Band Contest for Young Inventors is 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 one rubber band. Students can compete in one of two separate divisions: 1) Arts & Leisure; or 2) Science & Engineering.

The first-place winner and runner-up in each division receives a top financial prize. The four remaining finalists in each division (who are not a first-place winner or runner-up) also receive a smaller financial prize. The top ten schools with the most student entries each receive an equal donation shared from a donation pool.

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