- According to an InvenTeam student presenter, "Thirty-one percent of all drivers fall asleep at the wheel at least once in their lifetime, which causes 100,000 accidents annually."
- Many have developed alarms to wake drivers as their heads tip, but this method is often too late.
- Honda created the Video Lane Drift Monitor, which monitors lane markings with a camera and senses when a driver begins to drift out of a lane; however, it doesn't wake the driver.
Referred to as a "teenaged Rumplestiltskin," Jordan Sand may not weave straw into gold, but this Ellendale, ND student has invented something that has equal potential for the farming community. Sand, winner of the 2001 Lemelson-MIT High School Invention Apprenticeship, has found a way to turn non-income producing raw materials into a valuable resource: paper.
One of Sand's first inventions is a solar distillation device to purify outdoor water.
The Northampton High School InvenTeam invented Auto-Oar, a device that eliminates
the need for wrist strength during the rowing motion. This will create a more efficient
rowing stroke for adaptive rowers who lack wrist strength or have limited fine motor
skills. Auto-Oar transfers linear motion into rotational motion to automatically rotate the
oar from a perpendicular position relative to the water to a parallel position, called “feathering”
Entering the engineering field as a Jewish man during the Great Depression, Jacob Rabinow was advised to seek another career—but his tenacity and love for inventing drove him to pursue his dreams. Rabinow was recognized as the 1998 Lemelson-MIT Lifetime Achievement Award honoree for rising above his obstacles and succeeding in a life-long career of inventing that benefited a range of industries and people.
Stephanie Kwolek graduated college in 1946 with a degree in chemistry and dreams of becoming a doctor. Unable to afford medical school at the time, Kwolek went to work as a chemist at Dupont's research facility instead, ultimately saving more lives than may have been possible even if she had become a doctor.
Raymond Kurzweil has enriched society with inventions that improve the quality of life for disabled people, while also merging technology with the arts.