Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) tweeted a link to the Rubber Band Contest the other day, and I just now got around to checking it out. (Someday I will describe my convoluted methods for archiving resources that I don’t have time to explore right away!) The contest is sponsored by The Akron Global Polymer Academy at The University of Akron, and is for students in 5th-8th grades. Entries are due on March 16, 2015 – but you can see all of the relevant dates here. The challenge is to make an invention that uses at least one rubber band. Here is the link to the official rules. Even if you don’t qualify or don’t want to participate officially, you might want to check out the resources and inspire your students with some of the pictures of past winning inventions. One of my favorites is a runner-up from 2014, the Oreo Creme Splitter!