The Craftsman/NSTA Young Inventors Awards Program challenges students to use creativity and imagination along with science, technology, and mechanical ability to invent or modify a tool. A student, with guidance from a teacher-advisor, parent, or significant adult, will design and build a tool that must perform a practical function, including (but not limited to) tools that mend, make life easier or safer in some way, entertain, or solve an everyday problem. Two national winners (one from grades 2 to 5 and one from grades 6 to 8) each will receive a $10,000 United States Series EE Savings Bond. Ten national finalists (five from each grade category) each will receive a $5,000 United States Series EE Savings Bond. The winning teachers and schools will receive prizes from Sears, Roebuck and Co. retail stores. Twelve second-place regional winners (six from each grade category) each will receive a $500 U.S. Series EE Savings Bond. The 12 third-place regional winners (six from each grade category) will receive a $250 U.S. Series EE Savings Bond.

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