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Astounding Inventions

Press Release




Diane Oaks, Executive Director of Marketing & Creative Services

Irvine Valley College

(949) 451-5277|


Irvine Valley College Hosts 31st Annual Astounding Inventions

Saturday, January 27, 2018



Young inventors from kindergarten through eighth grade will compete in the 31st Annual Irvine Valley College (IVC) Astounding Inventions® competition, sponsored by Cox Communications and presented by Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, LLC and the Irvine Valley College Foundation.  



Saturday, January 27, 2018 (Times are approximate)


9:15 am                Judging of student inventions

9:30 am                Displays and demonstrations outside of Hart Gym (sponsors will be in this area)

11 am                    Mad Chemists Show – See and experience chemistry as never before.

12:30 pm              Award ceremonies will begin



Irvine Valley College

Hart Gymnasium

5500 Irvine Center Drive

Irvine, CA 92618



During Fall 2017, nearly 4,000 students representing 58 schools in the Irvine and Tustin Unified School Districts submitted their inventions for judging at their schools. From this, approximately 450 finalists were chosen to compete.



Past inventions have run the gamut from the whimsical to the remarkable, including everything from clever pet grooming devices to remote control gizmos. The event was conceived by Irvine Valley College in 1987 to promote creativity and interest in STEM education in our community.


Students will compete for $10,000 in cash prizes, certificates of achievement and ribbons. The inventions will be grouped by grade level and judged on originality, usefulness, and a written description and illustration submitted by the student. Over sixty judges representing the scientific, education, civic and business communities will determine the winners. In addition, as part of its title sponsorship, Knobbe Martens will select two student inventions based on perceived patentability, and offer to conduct a pro bono prior art search and write a provisional patent application for the selected inventions. 




Foundation Staff

Elissa Oransky

Executive Director

Karen Orlando

Director of Annual Giving

Karen Jimenez

Development Associate

Janice Viskul

Development Assistant

T : 949-451-5290
O: B 200 Building, Room 251