Top 98 Teams from Across Georgia Compete at the K-12 InVenture Prize 2020 State Finals
Mar 13, 2020 | Atlanta, GA
Georgia Tech's K-12 InVenture Prize State Finals held on March 11th, 2020, featured 98 teams of student entrepreneurs from across Georgia. The competition resembles the Georgia Tech InVenture Prize. It encourages elementary, middle, and high school students to present projects that identify real-world problems and design unique solutions. The qualifying teams will now advance to the National Invention Convention & Entrepreneurship Expo (NICEE) to represent the state of Georgia.
Out of all the schools that participated in this year's InVenture program, over 40 students will advance to the national competition.
This year, Georgia Tech Savannah hosted the area's first Savannah Regional Competition on Thursday, January 23rd. The first place elementary, middle, and high school teams were invited to compete in the State Finals at Georgia Tech.
Before coming to Georgia Tech, student teams compete within their schools to earn a spot in the K-12 InVenture Prize State Finals. Starting as early as October, teachers mentor students throughout the invention process and reference curriculum guidelines designed by K-12 InVenture Prize teachers. Students are able to use the curriculum and teacher mentorship as inspiration for innovation as well as a way to learn from collaboration and feedback.
At the competition, students presented their projects to a panel of judges that included industry experts and Georgia Tech faculty. The projects were then evaluated based on criteria such as practicality, creativity, marketability and design-based thinking.
"Through the K-12 InVenture Prize, we are empowering teachers and students to be problem solvers in their own communities. These students represent the future of STEM, and when I see the students' projects, I always feel like the future is bright," said Roxanne Moore, Director of the K-12 InVenture Prize.
First-place winners from this year's K-12 InVenture Prize competition included team "No Mosquito Bites" from Baker Elementary School, team "Flutterbees" from Evans Middle School and team "Biodegradable Straw" from Harrison High School.
Winners from specialty awards categories included Kelly Mill Elementary in Best Overall K-2 Division, West Side Elementary for the People's Choice Award, Flowery Branch High School in Best Manufacturing, Matt Elementary school for the IronCAD Award, McIntosh High School in Health and Medical Technology, Walton High School in Sustainability and Energy, and Dunwoody Elementary in Consumer Goods. K-12 InVenture Prize winners will move on to represent Georgia in the National Invention Convention later this year.
FIRST PLACE HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION
Team: Biodegradable Straw
School: Harrison High School
Students: Bridgette Castronovo, Taylor McNeal
Teacher: Paulette Allard
Description: To serve as an alternative to polymer and paper straws, the team created a biodegradable straw by extracting cellulose pulp from corn husks to form a base and coating the base in a chitosan solution. Three different solutions and variations of blending times were tested to determine the best case for straw durability.
SECOND PLACE HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION
Team: UniPill: Revolutionizing Prescription Pill Dispensing
School: Rockdale Magent School for Science & Technology
Students: Omari Lewis, Marley Shillingford, Shivam Vohra
Teacher: Dametria Williams
Description: The UniPill is a prescription dispenser that uses a time-based code to distribute a placebo and real pills. Using 3D printing and wood-based PLA filament, the UniPill aims to curb addiction in a sustainable, innovative, and effective way.
THIRD PLACE HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION
School: Effingham College & Career Academy
Students: Megan Zeldenrust, Gavin Gelderman, Chase Weitman
Teacher: Cecilia Zeigler
Description: The team, Bathletes, created a bath bomb that eliminates the need for ice baths for athletes.
FIRST PLACE MIDDLE SCHOOL DIVISION
School: St. Andrew's Middle School
Teacher: Andrew Nase
Description: Team Flutterbees designed a unique stress-relieving pencil topper that releases stress-relieving scents.
SECOND PLACE MIDDLE SCHOOL DIVISION
Team: Forget Me Not
School: St. Andrew's Middle School
Students: Liam Luther, Holden Hazel, Jacob Chu
Teacher: Maria Dixon
Description: Forget Me Not is a cushion with a pressure sensor that lays on top of a child's car seat. When activated, it measures the air temperature inside the car. It alerts the guardian when it reaches a dangerous temperature, and if it continues to increase in temperature, emergency services are then notified.
THIRD PLACE MIDDLE SCHOOL DIVISION (3-Way Tie)
Team: Wave Guard
School: Madras Middle School
Students: Jack Whittmore
Teacher: Caren Peterson
Description: Wave Guard is a clip-on device for humans that puts out an electromagnetic field to deter sharks and stingrays.
Team: Drive Awake
School: J.C. Booth Middle School
Students: Roshan Kolachina
Teacher: Kathleen Lanman
Description: "Drive Awake" is an alert system that detects drowsiness in individuals based on their brain waves. This invention keeps the driver awake and prevents car crashes from occurring due to drowsiness.
Team: Lake Leash & Safety Stickers
School: Independent Team
Students: Kelly McGillis, Emma Fegan
Teacher: Nancy Ernstes
Description: The team of students created icons to demonstrate a simple test for algae, so that pet owners know which algae to stay away from. The helpful phrase is, "Stick covered in paint will make your dog faint, dripping with hair, no need to care!"
FIRST PLACE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DIVISION
Team: No Mosquito Bites
School: Baker Elementary School
Students: Hala Obediat, Zoe Zavala
Teacher: Meg Hagan
Description: No Mosquito Bites is a vitamin that you take once a day that can prevent diseases caused by mosquitos, prevents itchiness, and gives you the required daily supplements.
SECOND PLACE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DIVISION
Team: The Pencil Purifier
School: Kedron Elementary School
Students: Susanna Griffies, Hayoung Kim, Vanessa Hausner
Teacher: Sharon Snyder
Description: The Pencil Purifier is a simple and efficient device used to sanitize pens and pencils. This invention uses two tubes filled with a sponge covered in an antibacterial solution to kill germs and prevent sickness.
THIRD PLACE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DIVISION
Team: Simply Spark
School: Kelly Mill Elementary
Students: Reese McCarthy, Haleigh Bagwell, Addison Colten
Teacher: Stephanie Sumner
Description: Simply Sparks is a drone-like device that will light prescribed burning safely, which will protect our forests.
BEST OVERALL K-2 DIVISION
Team: Bus Safety Stop
School: Kelly Mill Elementary School
Students: Aiden Kim, Sara Cate Peake, Copelyn Fedorchuk
Teacher: Laura Fedorchuk
Description: The Bus Safety Stop is an invention created to prevent students from waiting in the dark for the school bus. It is a portable platform that is illuminated, gives shelter, and keeps kids safe.
PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD
Team: Journey Packs
School: West Side Elementary School
Students: Katie Minahan, Niyah White, Nora Teague
Teacher: Mary Jo Groeneveld
Description: Journey Packs is a subscription system where customers can customize a unique box containing a variety of supplies, information, and comfort items. Made with 100% organic cotton and medical grade silicon, the Journey Pack is designed to guide girls through the taboos and uncertainties surrounding their menstrual cycles.
BEST MANUFACTURING AWARD
Team: Funnel Plus
School: Flowery Branch High School
Students: Austin Holt, Leonardo Nunez, Matthew Baker
Teacher: Harmon Tison
Description: Funnel Plus is a funnel designed with a valve system and a clip to fit on most pieces of lab glassware. The funnel is intentionally designed to include functionality that improves safety and convenience for users.
Team: P.H.S.N. Portable Headrest for Special Needs
School: Matt Elementary School
Students: Ava Lindberg, Hannah Olawepo, Grace Olawepo
Teacher: Suzanne Clark
Description: P.H.S.N. is made of PARA plastic and has a headrest made of cotton on the outside with a polyester fiberfill. The headrest keeps the child's head supported while slots on the back allow for it to be strapped to a car seat, bike trailer, or stroller.
HEALTH AND MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY AWARD
Team: OIT Spirometer: To Save Lives of COPD Patients
School: McIntosh High School
Students: Marc Van Zyl
Teacher: Seth Bishop
Description: Marc Van Zyl's invention is an easy-to-use spirometer for elderly individuals with COPD who may struggle with unfamiliar electronics. The spirometer connects directly to the user's WiFi, reports the risk assessment, and notifies a doctor if the risk is high.
SUSTAINABILITY AND ENERGY AWARD
Team: Solar Genie
School: Walton High School
Students: Vikas Malepati, Edison Lee, Abhay Vittal
Teacher: Ann Baxley
Description: Solar Genie is a more accurate electronic system that uses satellite imagery to detect rooftops and find usable land in order to expand solar energy to rural areas.
CONSUMER GOODS AWARD
School: Dunwoody Elementary School
Students: Poorvi Roopesh, Navya Pemmana, Niyati Naveen
Teacher: Stacy Mendel
Description: The Aquafil is an all in one travel set for teeth care. It includes a toothbrush, mouthwash, dental floss, and toothpaste in a convenient, small invention.
By: Shannon Malone – CEISMC Communications