The Inventive Spirit is Alive and Well at Garey High School!

The ceremony celebrating the patent granted to the 2018 Garey High School InvenTeam for their Invention, Heart and Sole, was an outstanding success. Not only was there huge support from the community, a number of dignitaries and elected officials spoke. After the ceremony, attendees gathered for lunch in the quad and the Student Invention Showcase, which highlighted the ongoing invention education programs that have continued at Garey High School.  Following is a recap of the ceremony. 

Roddy Layton, Principal, Gary High School
Darren Knowles, Interim Superintendent, Pomona Unified School District
Dr. Roberta Perlman, President, Board of Trustees, Pomona Unified School District

What is a Patent?
Katia Avila, Member, 2018 InvenTeam

The Power and Promise of Invention and Invention Education
Michael Cima, Faculty Advisor, Lemelson-MIT Program

Pomona, California: The Epicenter of the Invention Education Movement
David Coronado, Sr. Program Officer, The Lemelson Foundation

The Journey From Prototype to a Patent
Dan Choi, Patent Attorney, Microsoft

Significance of the Award of a U.S. Patent
Kathi Vidal, Director, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Presentation of Patent Plaques
Presenters: Kathi Vidal, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and Leigh Estabrooks, Invention Education Officer, Lemelson-MIT Program
Diana Valencia, Katia Avila, Anh Tran, Evelyn Casas, Melody Sanchez, Sushil Bohara, Jia Bragado, Brianna Berdin, Alexander Ruper, Antonio Gamboa, and Roddy Layton

2018 InvenTeam Members Award Presentation
California State Senator Christine Leyva and Jenny Macias, on behalf of California State Assembly Member Freddie Rodriguez

Closing: Antonio Gamboa, Garey High School STEM teacher and inventor

Group shot
The InvenTeam members, teachers and dignitaries


plaque table
The patent plaques each team member received.







David Coronado
David Coronado of The Lemelson Foundation, and an alum of Garey High School


Dir Vidal
Director Kathi Vidal
sen Leyva with award
Senator Connie Leyva presents a proclamation to the IntenTeam
Dir. Vidal and Katia
Director Vidal presents a patent plaque to InvenTeam member Katia Avila

Photo credits: Jeff Schenkel, publisher, & Renee Barbee VP of Marketing/Operations, La Nueva Voz, Pomona’s ONLY community newspaper.

Experience it for yourself!

This video was produced by Garey High School to commemorate the event. The video is being shown with permission from Garey High School.