Fresno Unified 5th and 6th grade Students!

This year, Innovation Day comes with a new twist: build from home with things found around the house! 

What better way to showcase your innovation than to use what you already have and nothing more. This year you are tasked with constructing a Sphere Run.

Your challenge is to use any sphere-like object (marble, ping pong ball, coin, even a hardboiled egg!) and have it make it (safely) to the end of a course that you have created.

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be selected for each grade level!
  • Three winners for STEM 5
  • Three winners for Kids Invent!
  1. One lucky student in 5th grade and one lucky student in 6th grade will win the GRAND PRIZE: A BRAND NEW Chromebook!
  2. 2nd Place Winners will receive $100 gift card from Amazon!
  3. 3rd Place Winners will receive $50 Amazon Gift Card!
Here's How YOU Enter

Send us a video and pic of you and your sphere run!
Submission Deadline: May 29th at 3pm!
Winners will be announce by June 4th by phone
(Please include an adult’s phone number in your submission)

Submit your video and pictures of your design here!
Need help uploading your submission? “Click here”
  • Ask a family member or adult to take a video of you with your design
  • At the beginning of the video, state your name, grade, school name, and the name of your sphere run
  • Please spend about 1 minute talking about how you designed your sphere run including your ideas, how you built it, what materials you used, and how long it took you to make, and how many test runs and modifications you had to make
  • Then, do the run! Get a clear video of your sphere making it safely to the end of the design
Click these links to get an idea what we are talking about:
Judge Rubric
Judges will be scoring on three components

Design Factors
  • How long the run is
  • How tall the run is
  • What the run is built on/around
Verbal Presentation
  • Clearly stating the background information at the beginning
  • How well the process of the build is explained and the thinking behind it
  • Proper explanation of why you built what you did   
And of course, Innovation!
  • What you choose as your sphere
  • Cool and interesting choices for your build that are unique
  • How well you used the items you had at your disposal
For questions, comments or more information on the Innovation Day 2020's Sphere Run, please contact Crystle Ruz at
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