18 HIGH SCHOOLS AWARDED LEMELSON-MIT
Grant Applications Now Available for
2006 - 2007
CAMBRIDGE, MA, October 25, 2005 — The next ingenious
invention may not come from a giant corporation, but from a local
Teams of students and teachers from 18 high schools across the
country were recently awarded InvenTeams grants up to $10,000 each
by the Lemelson-MIT Program to invent prototype devices that address
problems they have identified. The proposed inventions range from
a cell phone locker to a portable hydraulic press.
A prestigious panel of judges that included educators and researchers
from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University
and Tufts University; representatives from industry; and MIT staff
and alumni selected this year's InvenTeams from a national pool
"The sophistication of the InvenTeams' proposed inventions
and the quality of their applications is extremely impressive year
after year," said Joshua Schuler, the Lemelson-MIT Program's
InvenTeams Grants Officer.
Merton Flemings, Director of the Lemelson-MIT Program, explained
that InvenTeams aims to inspire creative thinking and innovation
among high school students by giving teachers the opportunity and
resources to provide a hands-on, real-world invention experience.
"It's critical that we equip young people to define problems
clearly and invent creative, innovative and practical solutions
to them," Flemings said. "Our nation's ability to remain
competitive in the global marketspace depends on it."
"At its core, InvenTeams is about invention, but there is
so much more to the experience," added Schuler. "Not everyone
who participates needs to be a science or math whiz. Students also
learn leadership, teamwork, project management, communication, budgeting
and marketing skills. These are universal and transferable to any
type of career."
This year's Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams come from public, private and
technical magnet high schools in urban, suburban and rural communities
across the United States. The grant recipients and their proposed
Benjamin Banneker Academic High School, Washington, D.C.: Cell-Phone
John D. O'Bryant School of Mathematics and Science, Roxbury,
Mass.: Automatic Blackboard Eraser
St. Paul's School, Concord, N.H.: Sensor for the Elderly
Sussex County Technical School, Sparta, N.J.: Service Dog Treat
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria,
Va: Neural-Directed Wheelchair
Upper Darby High School, Drexel Hill, Penn.: Omni-Directional
Alabama School of Mathematics and Science, Mobile, Ala.: Anti-Mine
Columbus High School, Columbus, Ga.: Vibration Sensor
Eureka Springs High School, Eureka Springs, Ark.: Wrist-Band
Felix Varela Senior High School, Miami, Fla.: Continuous Positive
Airway Pressure Alert
Bayfield High School, Bayfield, Wis.: SCUBA Light
Johnson High School, St. Paul, Minn.: Portable Hydraulic Press
Manufacturing Technology Academy, Traverse City, Mich.: Mouse
Nerinx Hall High School, Webster Groves, Mo.: Portable Water
Moscow Senior High School, Moscow, Idaho: Field Burner
Philomath High School, Philomath, Ore.: Reusable Enzymatic Biodiesel
Simms High School, Simms, Mont.: Vision Augmentation
Summit High School, Bend. Ore.: Hybrid Electrical Power Generator
In June, delegates from each InvenTeam will present their inventions
during the InvenTeams Odyssey, a culminating event at MIT.
InvenTeams applications for the 2006-2007 school year are now available
ABOUT THE LEMELSON-MIT PROGRAM
The Lemelson-MIT Program aims to enable and inspire young people
to pursue creative lives and careers. It particularly encourages
young people to engage in invention and to pursue sustainable new solutions
to real world problems.
Jerome H. Lemelson, one of the world's most prolific inventors, and
his wife Dorothy founded the Lemelson-MIT Program at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology in 1994. It is funded by The Lemelson Foundation,
a private philanthropy committed to honoring the contributions of inventors,
innovators and entrepreneurs, and to inspiring ingenuity in others.
More information on the Lemelson-MIT Program is online at http://web.mit.edu/invent/.