InvenTeams Bring Inventions From Their Communities to the
MIT Community for the InvenTeams Odyssey,
June 25-June 28, 2008

How does one unlock the challenges to design a usable lock for the blind and visually impaired?

Could an aerial wind-sensing device be used to identify optimal locations for wind turbines?

The 2008 Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams will convene on MIT's campus to showcase and demonstrate their inventions at the 2008 Odyssey, a capstone multi-day event. The inventions represent a variety of disciplines including health, safety, environment, assistive devices, and consumer products.

This year's InvenTeams Odyssey is also part of the Lemelson-MIT Program's 2008 EurekaFest, a multi-day celebration designed to empower a legacy of inventors through activities that inspire youth, honor role models, and encourage creativity and problem solving.

The showcase and presentations are open to the public; admission is free.

Thursday, June 26
Newberg High School InvenTeam (2007)

Presentations, 1-4 p.m.
Kirsch Auditorium
Stata Center (Bldg. 32-123)
32 Vassar Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Directions

Enter the mindset of a high-school student team from idea conception and design methods to trial periods and problem solving. Learn from select InvenTeams as they present their inventive processes and experiences throughout the grant year, and be inspired by the possibilities of a new generation of inventors. Question-and-answer period will follow.

Presenters:
The Bromfield School InvenTeam (2007)
Saratoga Springs High School InvenTeam from Saratoga Springs, New York – Plant and flower success indicator to measure garden conditions

Saint Thomas Academy InvenTeam from Mendota Heights, Minnesota – Electric motorcycle with compressible "crush zones" for urban commuter safety

Brillion High School InvenTeam from Brillion, Wisconsin – All-terrain multi-purpose lifting machine

Troy High School InvenTeam from Fullerton, California – Robotic coconut tree climbing device

The 2008 Lemelson-MIT Award winners will join InvenTeams during this feature event to present their inventions, too.

Showcase, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Stata Student Street
Stata Center (Bldg. 32, 1st floor)
32 Vassar Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Directions

Meet 2008 InvenTeams students at this informal, public exhibit of their invention prototypes, which include a fish "escalator" to ferry salmon over manmade damns and a human-powered irrigation pump. This display offers the opportunity to talk with students individually and become inspired by a future generation of inventors. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served.

View the current list of 2008 Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam grantees and their projects.

For more information email inventeams@mit.edu.