Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology InvenTeam

  • The InvenTeam devised an alternative method for quadriplegics and amputees to move.
  • Using an electrode cap to translate EEG M-rhythm or neurosignals from the user’s brain to a microprocessor in the wheelchair, the user can move by just thinking about it; no physical movement is required.
  • InvenTeam teacher Paul Cammer donned the electrode cap as the test subject during wheelchair demos at the MIT finale event.
  • The InvenTeam received a 2009 Continuation Grant.

St. Paul's School InvenTeam

  • After deciding to solve a problem for the elderly, the InvenTeam paired with a local nursing home to serve as the intended beneficiary of its fall sensor.
  • This lightweight, wearable device combines sensors and accelerometers to transmit a patient’s motion and orientation to the nurse’s station, where data can be monitored.
  • Senior InvenTeam student Mike Mester wrote the nurse’s station program in Java, which receives the data in computer read-outs.

Eureka Springs High School InvenTeam

  • The wristband was conceived as a preventive tool for monitoring blood pressure levels for youth at risk.
  • Preparation for the invention process began as two students trained at the University of Arkansas to learn the mechanical design program SolidEdge.
  • The InvenTeam disassembled current blood-pressure monitoring devices to determine the vital components for its invention: pressure sensor, pump, pulse sensor, and release valve.

Staples High School InvenTeam

  • The aptly named EZ File originated from the need of a filing system without the requisite fine-motor skills, to facilitate use by people who have arthritis.
  • The InvenTeam's original design was smaller than a standard filing cabinet, so it continued to modify the design to create more filing space.
  • The EZ File has wheel slots that hold rotating wooden wheels, which move up the cabinet's side when the drawer is pulled open.
  • A grooved belt triggered by a swiveling wheel further enables easy file retrieval.

San Jon High School InvenTeam

  • According to an InvenTeam student presenter, "Arsenic causes an estimation of 25,000 deaths in Bangladesh."
  • The InvenTeam calls its filtering process the KOOL-AID® effect, because the media pills turn the water red when it extracts the arsenic. The red water then passes through a small filter, which screws into the bottle opening, making the water clear.
  • The filters can be used up to ten times, and the filter system costs only five cents.
  • This portable device can be carried in a person's pocket and fits on any two-liter water bottle.

Wilson Greatbatch

In an attempt to record the sound of a heartbeat, Dr. Wilson Greatbatch inadvertently created something far more crucial—a device that emitted electricity pulses to the heart. It was this discovery that led to the implantable cardiac pacemaker and distinguished Greatbatch as having created one of the most significant inventions of the 20th century. In 1996, he was honored with the Lemelson-MIT Lifetime Achievement Award.

Gertrude Elion

Powerless to help her grandfather fight cancer and her fiancé combat a life-threatening bacterial infection, Gertrude "Trudy" Elion wanted to give all she could to help save the lives of others. Despite her family's poor financial situation and the limited options for women in science at that time, Elion pursued a career in chemistry and research, developing cures for deadly diseases like cancer and leukemia. In 1997, Elion was honored with the Lemelson-MIT Lifetime Achievement Award.

Wahlert Catholic High School InvenTeam

The Wahlert Catholic High School invented Feltes One-Way - a universally fitting, anti-rollback device for manual wheelchairs. This device prevents manual wheelchair users from rolling backwards on inclines using a
tooth-locking mechanism. It is estimated that in the United States there are over 100,000 annual emergency room visits due to wheelchair related injuries from the 1.7 million wheelchair users outside of medical


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