High School Teams Receive Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam™ Grant for Invention Projects
15 student teams nationwide awarded up to $10K in grants to address local problems.
The Lemelson-MIT Program today announced the 2018–2019 InvenTeams, 15 teams of high school students nationwide, each receiving up to $10,000 in grant funding to solve problems they’ve recognized from their local communities. This year’s InvenTeam projects include the invention of a danger alert system for schools, personal safety monitor to prevent injuries and fatalities for workers and rescuers in confined spaces, and a vital sign monitoring system for firefighters to prevent the risk of overexertion during fire rescues.
InvenTeams, now in its fifteenth year as a national grants initiative, inspires youth to invent technological solutions to real-world problems of their own choosing. The 2018–2019 InvenTeams are comprised of students, teachers and community mentors that will pursue year-long invention projects. The InvenTeam initiative engages students in creative thinking, problem-solving and hands-on learning opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). InvenTeams apply their learnings and experiences to build an invention that will be showcased at EurekaFest at the Massachusetts Institute Technology in June 2019, and after a technical review within their home community in February 2019.
“I’m excited by the enthusiasm of InvenTeam students," said Stephanie Couch, executive director of the Lemelson-MIT Program. “InvenTeam participants are now over 40 percent female, which is encouraging in a time when women are underrepresented in the STEM fields and among patent holders. Hands-on learning programs that reach young women and men to work on invention projects like the InvenTeam initiative, ensure that we continue to develop the creative and inventive mindsets that prepare students for success in both their education and careers in a rapidly changing world.”
“This year’s projects show that young Americans are motivated to improve the lives of others through invention,” said Leigh Estabrooks, the Lemelson-MIT Program’s invention education officer. “While we celebrate the young inventors and their desire to help others, we realize that they are led by exceptional teachers. Supporting the teachers is of utmost importance to the program. We are pleased to announce the launch of an online community for not only our InvenTeam teachers but teachers across the world interested in working with similarly motivated inventive youth. Everyone can be inventive but our teachers need our help and a community of support.”
LemelsonX will support any teacher interested in learning from previous InvenTeam teachers and invention educators about the different ways of helping young people to invent.
Meet the 2018–2019 InvenTeams
The InvenTeams are located in 13 different states, with the state of South Carolina and Kentucky receiving its first InvenTeam grants. The invention projects were selected by a respected panel from the Cambridge and Boston area consisting of university professors, inventors, entrepreneurs, intellectual property lawyers, industry professionals, and college students. The team projects address problems that affect their local community, family members, classmates or a community connection.
Solving Problems in their Community
Canadian Valley Technical Center (El Reno, Okla.): Wearable device to measure hip-to-waist ratio
Casa Grande Union High School (Casa Grande, Ariz.): Automated wildfire prevention system
Elizabethtown High School (Elizabethtown, Ky.): Confined space personal safety monitor
Granada Hills Charter High School (Granada Hills, Calif.): Electromagnetic locking system for trash cans
National Ford High School (Fort Mill, S.C.): Nutrient injection system for hydroponic gardens
The ASK Academy (Rio Rancho, N.M.): Wearable device for first responders to collect and transmit vitals
Solving Problems for Family Members/Classmates
McKay High School (Salem, Ore.): Adaptive cup for people with dysphagia
Manasquan High School (Manasquan, N.J.): Vital sign monitoring for firefighters
Marshfield High School (Marshfield, Mass.): Bandsaw safety device
Rolling Robots Outreach (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.): Device to monitor sleeping conditions and habits
Solving Problems for Community Connections
Davenport West High School (Davenport, Iowa): Water filter for Muamba, Kenya
Lincoln County High School (Hamlin, W.Va.): Automated covered hoop-house monitoring and management system
Logan High School (La Crosse, Wis.): Energy management system for prosthetic limb
Richland Two Institute of Innovation (Columbia, S.C.): Combined biodigester and solar power system for Sare Bilaly, Senegal
Valley STEM + ME2 Academy (Canfield, Ohio): Danger alert system for schools