November 12, 1999

Duracell and NSTA Announce the 18th Annual Challenge

Duracell and the National Science Teachers Association are inviting 6th through 12th grade students nationwide to participate in the 18th annual Duracell/NSTA Invention Challenge. The millennium Challenge will reward 100 entries with $160,000 in savings bonds.

To enter, students must design and build a battery-powered device and submit an official entry form, essay, wiring diagram, and photos of the invention by January 12, 2000. Entry forms are available by calling the NSTA at 1-888-255-4242 or on the world wide web at and at

All 6th through 12th grade students who are U.S. residents and 21 years of age or younger are eligible, and may enter as individuals or in pairs. Entries are judged in two categories: 6th through 9th and 10th through 12th grade.

In each category there is a first place $20,000 savings bond, two second place $10,000 savings bonds, five third place $3,000 savings bonds, 12 fourth place $1,000 savings bonds and 30 fifth place $500 savings bonds. In all, 100 inventions will be rewarded with savings bonds, and every student who enters will receive a gift and a certificate of participation. The 100 teachers who sponsor first through fifth place winners will also receive gifts.

Eligible student inventions are educational, useful, or entertaining and powered by one or more DURACELL batteries. Judging is based on creativity, practicality, energy efficiency of the invention, and clarity of the written description.

The 18th annual Duracell/NSTA Invention Challenge will culminate in April in Orlando during the 48th annual convention of the National Science Teachers Association where the first and second place winners, their teachers and parents will be honored. The six teachers who sponsor first and second place winners will each receive $2,000 gift certificates for computers and related equipment.

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