Due to concerns related to COVID-19 and closures during the ongoing pandemic, the 12th annual Rubber Band Contest is postponed until further notice. The entry period is over. Thanks to all of the creative students who submitted entries. We will post any new information about when the judging and awards phases of the contest will restart here at the contest website.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we move through this together.


Over $5,000 in prizes to give away!

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

Awesome, because it’s time for the 12th annual Rubber Band Contest for Young Inventors, hosted by the Akron Global Polymer Academy — an outreach division of the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering at The University of Akron!

Join the fun and get ready to learn about the rubber band – one of the many amazing inventions created from a unique class of materials known as polymers! This educational contest was designed to give students a new opportunity to have fun learning about Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. Each year students from across the nation come up with new ways of using rubber band(s) to create amazing inventions, games, artworks, and more!

Remember the deadline to enter the 12th annual contest is March 13, 2020. Your entry must be post-marked by then!


  • To design and create a working invention/artwork that incorporates at least one (1) rubber band.




  • The first place winner in each division will receive $600.
  • The runner-up in each division will receive $300.
  • The four remaining finalists in each division (who are not a first place winner or runner-up) will receive $150.
  • Schools can earn cash donations too! The top 8 schools with the most entries will each receive a $200 check donation.

OUR CONTEST LESSON PLAN MAKES IT EASIER: standard aligned and easy to integrate with your curriculum

    • Alignment with multiple standards:
      • Next Generation Science Standards
      • Common Core Standards
      • National Standards (Grades 5-8)
      • Ohio Academic Content Standards for Science
      • Ohio Revised Science Education Standards and Model Curriculum
  • Learn more about the Rubber Band Contest Lesson Plan


A few past winners and runners-up talk about their experiences with the contest, as well as tell us some of the story behind their prize-winning entries.