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YEAR
KID INVENTOR
AGE OR GRADE
LOCATION
INVENTION NAME
INVENTION DESCRIPTION
2016
2016 Alesha McKenzie Grade 6 Cedar Hill, TX K.A.N.G.O.S. "Keep all noisy Gerbers™ silent"... Kangos are diapers with a pocket on the back that has wipes inside a small bag. It allows you to change your baby quickly so your baby doesn't have to be wet while you look for wipes. (Gerbers™ is a copyrighted name and this invention implies no endorsement, affiliation or rights to the name, expressly or implied.)
2016 Lydia Weathers Grade 6 Cedar Hill, TX Dog FInder This dog collar send a signal to your smart phone. It will send a notification if the dog has left the prescribed area and will give information on the dog's location.
2016 Chris Cahil Grade 9 New Port Richey, FL HeatEx This camera has a thermal sensor up to 600° F. It is covered with stainless steel and is fireproof. Through a connection with a smart phone, it will contact the nearest fire department when it senses a heat signature. It also has a CO2 cartridge and nozzle to help extinguish the flame.
2016 Angad Arora 4 Redmond, WA Super Profession Suitcase Pack for trips faster! There is a pressure-sensor at the bottom of a suitcase. It lights up if there is too much weight in the case.
2016 Abhishek Yavidya 5 Redmond, WA Signal Bike Designed for bikers who don't know or don't use hand signs. These handlebars have turning lights which are activated when pressure is applied.
2016 Nikita Kuzishchich 7 Kirkland, WA SmartStove This stove prevents burns for children. It senses weight of the cookware on the stove. When there is no pressure, it prevents the burners from igniting.
2016 Luka Super 3 Rochester Hills, MI Wipesicle These specially-made ice-pop sticks hold a moist wipe. Enjoy your frozen treat, and then wash your hands and face!
2016 Rachel Hall 5 Mill Hall, PA Snap Skirt If you have a skirt that is too short, attach a strip of fabric with the Snap SKirt.
2016 Caleb Rieck 5 Jersey Shore, PA Diabetes Organizer This device sorts diabetes supplies like meters, glucose tabs, snacks, pump supplies, etc. so that I know where everything is.
2016 Vienna McIntosh 5 Mill Hall, PA Survival Coat This coat has a lining to save your life! If you are lost or stranded, find hand warmers, mmirror, compass, gum, rope, filtered drinking straw, and much, much more!
2016 Sarah Hofius 7 Concord, OH Swifter Lifter This is a conveyor belt that attaches to the stair rail to help disabled or elderly people move laundry or other heavy objects up the stairs.
2016 Lucy Haura 3 Tampa, FL Cushy Tushy School Supply Holder This school chair cusion has attached side pockets to hold folders and pencils while softening the hard seat.
2016 Sara Makboul 8 Acworth, GA SorberBalls Millimeter-sized beads are dispursed on soil, concrete and mulch. After rain, the beads absorb 45% of excess water that hasn't filtered into the ground. This repeats for 7-9 years to prevent storm water pollution that contains animal waste and other run-offs.
2016 Andrew Ng 7 Hollywood, MD Conductivity Relationship to Dehydration This is a cheap, efficient way to detect dehydration by using a multimter to measure the resistance of sweat.
2015
2015 Avery Went Grade 3 Dublin, OH Healthy Pillow The Healthy Pillow has a pocket sewn in the front of the pillow case for insertion of moisturizing menthol scented tissues. This provides a soothing menthol aroma to aid decongestion and avoids applying messy menthol ointment. This invention helps one to achieve a better night sleep as it is no longer necessary to get up and reapply mentholated ointment or reach for a tissue.
2015 Kristin Bobo Grade 6 Cumming, GA Bag Tracker The Bag Tracker is a piece of luggage with an embedded RFID tag that allows travelers to track their luggage by downloading corresponding Bag Tracker app. The Bag Tracker technology is built into the luggage, remaining hidden and eliminating the risk of losing a detachable RFID tag.
2015 Eliana Van Cor Grade 6 Dover, ID “Winter Cowboy” Western Winter Bridle Bridle is natural & animal-friendly with a leather bit with wooden shanks devoid of metal, which can damage teeth, strain the lungs, pull hair and cause frostbite in the animal’s mouth. It has leather reins and a headstall made of soft suede cowhide with fur. The result is a bridle that is more comfortable and humane for the horse making them less likely to rear, buck and bolt while riding.
2015 Introduction to Oceanography, Class of Spring 2015 University of Akron Akron, OH Life-sized model of an Orca ("Killer Whale") This life-sized inflatable was constructed to scale and is approximately 30 feet long. Created for service learning to the area educational communicty, University students prepared a unit of lessons with cross-curricular activities that meet academic content standards for language arts, science, math and social studies.
2015 McKenzie Blanc, Maci Grizzell, Chauncey Livingston & Elija Reeves Grade 5 Rineyville, KY Wrist-Mist This is a waterproof wristband that contains an insulin-filled capsule to emit a light spritz of insulin onto the wearer’s skin for absorption. The band may replace or help supplement the use of insulin needle injections for diabetics. A built-in timer alerts the wearer when the capsule needs to be replaced.
2015 Dylan Oster Grade 12 Lake Oswego, OR Signal Safety Shot For student shooters at a gun range, a gun that is equipped with this invention is disabled unless it is pointed down range.
2014
2014 Grace Boyd Grade 4 Duncanville, TX Auto Doggie Washer 2000 A portable dog washing gadget to make this chore easy and convenient.
2014 Joonho Oh Grade 4 Dublin, OH Wash Your iPad  
2014 Mark Leschinsky Grade 3 Mahwah, NJ

Self Disinfecting HazMat Suit

 
2014 Leah Fast Grade 5 Moundridge, KS Long Udderwear  
2014 Jonathan Steinke Grade 7 Dublin, OH Grab 'n' Gulp  
2014 Ross Fuller Grade 5 Jersey Shore, PA Brush Faucet  
2014 Hope Frye Grade 4 Oakland Twp, MI Handle Arthritis  
2014 Emily Graham Grade 5 Lock Haven, PA Top Bunk Essentials Caddy  
2014 Macy Conley Grade 5 Staffordsville, KY Key Chain Can Opener  
2014 Sammy Sommerkamp Grade 6 Pataskala Workout Wonder  
2014 Kasey Jackson Grade 4 Cedar Hill, TX Sports Bra Patch Pocket Never lose your keys again with this handy addition for your jogging wear.
2014 Katelyn Candido Grade 4 DeSoto, TX Backflipper 3000

A safe and comfortable spotting tool for learning gymnastic backflips. It adjusts to 3 different sizes for varying child heights.

2014 Paige Risser Grade 5 Greeley, CO Velcro Notebook The entire cover of the notebook is made of Velcro™. Attach the Velcro™ to any writing utensil then attach it to the notebook. You can even attach it to a pencil bag! Never lose your pencil while writing in a notebook again!
2014 Kathryn Russo Grade 8 Highland, NY Ski and See When beginner skiers are learning, this device allows them to view ski traffic approaching from behind. This reflective mirror device attaches to ski poles.
2014 Jessica Holte Grade 3 Post Falls, ID E-Z Moo Milk Dispenser This invention includes a cap that screws onto a normal milk container. After the connector is in place, flip the nozzle control and milk comes out. The connector can be used with most types of gallon milk containers.
2014 Kira O'Connor Grade 7 Edmond, OK Diswasher Stilts A way to load or unload the dishwasher without bending down to help individuals with disabilities.
2014 Cate Sievers Grade 5 Santa Monica, CA Whitebook Book Cover A notebook with a whiteboard for a front cover and a pocket inside for holding dry erase markers.
2014 Isabella Biondi Grade 4 Denver, NC Recycling Mailbox Mailbox with a plastic tube below to receive unwanted mail for recycling.
2014 Azaria Donaldson Grade 8 Highland, NY Bread Toaster & Butter Cutter A glass toaster to allow the user to view the bread as it browns to perfection. The butter cutter automatically senses and slices butter in consistent portions.
2014 Neehar Banerjee Grade 9 Rochester, MN Water Water Everywhere Conservation System Water conservation through computer-based sprinkler system.
2014 Lars Boehme Grade 4 Rochester, MI Venti-Bag A ventilated bag for storing and separating snow gear for carrying home.
2014 Emily Defini Grade 8 Highland, NY Bat Warmer An insulated fabric sleeve to fit a ball bat with pockets for hand warmers to warm the bat during cold seasons.
2014 Ariana McKenzie Grade 4 Cedar Hill, TX Toothpaste Brush  
2014 Wanda Drost Grade 4 Cedar Hill, TX Jogging Friend A water bottle strap system to hold the bottle in the front of a runner. Also equipped with a light.
2013
2013 Daniel Kaufman Grade 5 Moundridge, KS Dan’s Hold-A-Bird The invention holds the legs of a chicken in place while the chicken is bathed. It is a wooden base with padded holes that secures the chickens feet in place. The chickens are calm and docile while being bathed.
2013 Clara Burns Grade 2 New York, NY Occupational Therapy Putty for Handwriting and Fun The invention is putty with laminated paper and small toys inside. A dry erase marker is on the side. Kids can squeeze the putty, try to find the toys hidden in the putty and write on the laminated paper when it is retrieved.
2013 Benjamin Spector Grade 9 Herndon, VA Mood Balloons After lengthy hospital stays, Ben invented Mood Balloons so kids can express how they are feeling. The product has peel and stick sheets of vinyl cling facial expressions that can be affixed to Mylar balloons creating emotional faces.
2012
2012
Tanner Resch Grade 3 Hanford, WI Bob, the Picture Fish It is a mechanical fish that swims underwater and takes photographs through remote control.
  David Li Grade 8 Commack, NY Emergency Shut Off Valve This valve senses seismic waves and automatically shuts off the natural gas coming into a home. It can be applied to other gas sources.
  Laura & Michelle Diggans Grades 10 & 11 Medfield, MA Tire Iron Caddy Convenient way to loosen nuts that have been put on a tire by a pneumatic wrench.
 
Jennifer Bohac
Texas A & M
College Station, TX
Exercise Wheel Underneath the Desk
Physical, mental, and financial benefits to exercising while at a desk. Can be used by students or employees.
  Matt Balsinger, Philip Coe, Dave Drusky, Eric Evans, Amber Flores, Meredith Grom, Brandon Hartman, David Homer, Kenneth Jambor, Mike Kekic, Jennifer Knapp, Ashley Layland, Pete Nolan, Daniel Patchin, Zach Rhodes, Ryan Sheehan, Logan Sheptock, Carrie Steinfurth, Ben Subotin, Anthony Wahl University of Akron Akron, Ohio Life-Sized model of a Blue Whale

The constructed inflatable baleen whale is approximately 105 feet long, 30 feet in circumference. The structure is made from 6 mil plastic sheeting with one side left clear to teach anatomy such as bone structure. Elementary and middle school students will be able to view the whale at several local schools where they will be invited to walk inside. University students have prepared a unit of lessons with cross-curricular activities that meet academic content standards for language arts, science, math and social studies. The project is currently being considered by the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest animal replica.

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Blue Whale
2011
2011
Devin Tweedy
4
Argyle, IA
Vent Trap
For safety and ease of retrieval, this device prevents items from falling to far. Allows airflow and can be easily cleaned.
2011
Weston Kennedy
7
Lutz, FL
Grass Paper
To prevent scarcity of trees and protect wildlife habitats, make paper out of grass. Since many citizens throw away most of their lawn grass, recycling centers can use that grass to make paper.
2011
Andrew Sheldrick
4
Rochester Hills, MI
Lighted Retriever
Lighted long-reach tweezers to retrieve blockage from garbage disposals. Safe and effective, home owners can use these to avoid calling a service provider.
2010
2010
Noah Floyd
6
Merritt Island, FL
Quizzer
The Quizzer is an educational board game with a nearly unlimited variety of ways to enjoy its use.   The variety of topics and questions are endless.   This computer-assisted board game was made so that a player does not have to spend hours looking for a good educational board game.   It allows the players to switch topics, change the questions and play.   The creator chooses categories and then questions.  Once the questions and categories are made, you are ready to play.  
2010
Giselle Lauway
6
Miami, FL
The IncredaGrabber
The IncredaGrabber is designed to help people who have been in accidents or have injuries in their arm which makes them unable to lift their arm high enough to reach things from up or down.   It also helps short people to reach high objects.   It comes with an LED light close to the grabber and includes magnets.   It aids the elderly to get items from high spaces and off the floor without bending.
2010
Natalie Martinez
6
Miami, FL
Handy Holder

The Handy Holder is a special device that helps people with rheumatoid arthritis.  Since people with this condition have stiff and painful joints in their hands, the Handy Holder helps them carry grocery bags.   Since often the bags have heavy objects that weigh down a person's fingers and hurt their joints, this Handy Holder prevents the bag from applying excessive weight on their fingers.

2010
Jessica Navarrette
6
Miami, FL
KS 400 Knee Scooter

The purpose of the KS400 Knee Scooter is to allow a disabled person with a foot disability to scoot along on wheels at a moderate pace, moving at a much faster pace than if they were to walk with crutches.   Also, they do not have to carry their bag because they may conveniently place it in the basket located in front of the scooter.   This invention makes it easier to get from one destination to another with less risk of injury than if they used crutches.   The Knee Scooter is less expensive than a wheelchair and also more maneuverable.   It doesn't require the large spaces and oversized doors that a wheelchair needs.  

2010
Athena Ortega
6
Homestead, FL
Bend-A-Crutch

The Bend-A-Crutch makes crutches less cumbersome when not in use.   For example, a person who has a broken leg and uses crutches goes to a restaurant.   This creates a problem of where to place the crutches without getting in the way of the server or another customer.   With the Bend-A-Crutches, the crutches fold easily and fit under the chair.   The Bend-A-Crutch will not bend unexpectedly, because it has a latch.   It is easy to store, and can fit in boxes, under beds, under chairs, in closets and takes up less space than regular crutches.

2010
Domenica Parades
6
Miami, FL
The Swivler
2010
Brandon Pavon
6
Miami, FL
The Money Helper

This invention helps elderly, disabled and sight challenged people identify paper currency.  The "Money Helper" has color-coded peel-off stickers that have raised numbers making it easier to recognize the currency by touch and color.

2010
Andrea Rogue
6
Miami, FL
The Super Wonderful Cane
This Super Wonderful Cane is useful for people who have problems walking.   The cane holds a drink, an Ipod, a bell which will warn cars to stop, and lastly, an umbrella which the person can use when it's raining.
2010
Tyler Sarkisian
3
Rochester, MI
Marshmallow Roaster
This is a Marshmallow Roaster stick which holds up to 9 marshmallows at a time.   It comes with a convenient stand and is made of non-stick coated steel for easy clean up.
2010
Sofia Scott
6
Miami, FL
The Braille Shelf
2010
Siena Vadakal
6
Miami, FL
Aaah-Ven
The Aaah-ven is a stovetop oven with a couple of improvements.   It heats up or bakes goods without any problems, such a s burning yourself or having to harm your back by bending over to take baked products in or out.   The Aaah-ven is very useful to any person that likes to cooke, especially for grandparents.   It operates by rails supporting the doors to slide out.   The door has racks connected to them so that once you pull them out, the racks are immediately in front of you.
2010
Zachery Veiner
6
Miami, FL
Glow Cane EA

The Glow Cane EA (Extended Arm) is a cane and a grabber combined in one item.   The Invention allows the user to walk to an item that they wish to grab using the cane.  When they reach the item, the cane's claw closes over the item and allows the user to pick up the item without bending over.  

2010
Alec Walter
6
Miami, FL
The Handi-Towel
The Handi-Towel is a towel designed for the elderly, disabled, or anyone who has difficulty or pain using their hands.   It allows for the user to dry his or herself off without having to grasp or clutch a towel.   It allows gravity to do the work of holding the towel.   People with severe arthritis, disfigured hands, or those that are missing fingers or thumbs would find this invention helpful.   It allows the user to dry off without having to open and close their hands to hold the towel. 
2010
Anya Warren
6
Merritt Island, FL
Retro Leash
Retro Leash was invented so that surfers do not have to trip over their surfing leash when they are walking.   It also avoids dragging the leash in the water.   It attaches to the surfboard similarly to existing leashes.   The surfer winds it up with a handle like a fishing pod.   The drag is adjustable.  It comes in various colors and lengths, depending on the size of the surfer and the surfboard. 
2010
Christian Yates
6
Merritt Island, FL
Math Rat
Math Rat is a unique board game.   It is a bright blue board with flashy stickers, rats and cheese.   It is fun to play and helps kids learn subtraction, multiplication, and addition---generally just become better at math.   The board has rat holes in it for the cheesy dice in which to be tossed.   When a player makes it into one of the holes and gets the math right, he/she gets gold points/ounces.   The first one to reach 500 ounces of gold cheese wins!
2009
2009
Nathan Berley
4
Denver, NC
Inflatable Gutter
The Inflatable Gutter is an invention that will decrease the number of injuries and deaths due to falling from a ladder or becoming electrocuted while cleaning out gutters. All you have to do is  simply switch the electric air compressor on, and the compressor will pump air into this rubber bladder.  As the bladder inflates to three inches wide and three inches tall, it will throw out the debris.  The Inflatable Gutter comes in twenty foot strips.  The bladder can be applied to the bottom inside of your gutter with water proof glue.  This invention will make life easier and safer.
2009
Carly Kaplan
4
Marietta, GA
Snug Bug
A stuffed animal bug that you take with you on sleep-overs or at sleep away camps.   The purpose of the Snug Bug is to help children feel secure when they are sleeping away from home.   Many children experience homesickness while they are on sleep-overs.  When children are homesick, they can be comforted by hearing their parents' voices saying "goodnight" and seeing their parents' faces.   The Snug Bug has a tape recorder so that children will be able to record their parents' voices saying something like, "Goodnight Sweetie, I love you."  On the tape recorder there is also a light for kids who are scared of the dark.  There is also a slot for children to put a picture of their parents.  The Snug Bug is a simple device  All kids have to do is hug that bug!
2009
Juan Cruz, Terry Molina, Jairo Cuevas, Killian Leonard, Mauricio Urrego, John Estrada, Yobani Cruz, Dustin Grizzle, Katelynn Jaworski
5
Gainesville, GA
Ready Kid Desk
"SPECIAL CREATIVITY AWARD"
A desk that helps students be organized, stay focused, and be prepared by having everything built into the desk.  The desk has a tray that holds classroom material like: replacement erasers, pencils, staplers, and a hole puncher.   It also has a silent pencil sharpener so it won't disrupt the class or teacher.  The cubby hole is also longer and larger to fit most books.  It was created to help all students in school be more organized, to help them keep track of their school/homework, and to make children less stressed out about school.
2008
2008
No winners awarded this year due to lack of sponsor
       
2007
2007
No winners awarded this year due to lack of sponsor
       
2006
2006
Gal Bukshpan
Atlanta, GA
Magic Toothbrush
The Magic Toothbrush is a mix of a toothbrush and toothpaste. It works by squeezing the toothpaste, which goes into a tube to the toothbrush's bristles.
2006
James M. Fess
Rochester, NY
Skate Strap
Skate Strap easily lets you carry your skateboard when you get to places where you can't ride. The Skate Strap allows you to keep the skateboard on your back with the deck against your body so it won't be uncomfortable or get your clothes dirty from the wheels. You just slip one front wheel and the opposite back wheel into the slots in the strap and sling it on your shoulder.
2006
Kaileigh Kirton
Jacksonville, FL
Shifting Shovel
The Shifting Shovel has a perfect square in the middle of the shovel which is covered with wire netting. The wire netting is screwed down tightly to the shovel. This Shifting Shovel allows you to scoop up yard waste and dirt. The yard waste is free of dirt after being sifted.
2006
Lily Balshan
Atlanta, GA
Easy Pour
Easy Pour is a device that helps kids and the elderly pour heavy jugs of liquid with little effort. Easy Pour works like this: there is a holder for a jug of liquid, buy Easy Pour can only hold one size (gallon) and there is a dowel that helps the jug of liquid pour into the glass.
2006
Meg Horleman
Beach Haven Gardens, NJ
Spaghetti Fork
The Spaghetti Fork looks like a regular fork, but the outside prongs have indentations shaped like circles with no bottoms. They are used for keeping spaghetti on your fork when you are eating it.
2006
Michael Vawter
Westerville, OH
Robo Switch
A computerized, energy management system designed to control the energy usage of a home or office to prevent power outages and conserve electricity. The Robo Switch has a patent pending. The Robo Switch can be mounted on any exiting light switch and has internal sensors for light, motion, and temperature, as well as an external door sensor and various wireless sensors.
2006
Rory Petersen
Jacksonville, FL
Power On-The-Go Backpack
The Power On-The-Go Backpack uses a solar panel that is glued to the outside of a backpack. This solar panel takes the energy from the sun and converts it into electric power. The transformer inside the backpack changes the electric power to run any electronic device. The transformer has six different plugs and voltages so you can use many electronic devices.
2006
Samuel Gaillard
Atlanta, GA
Bag Boy
The purpose of the Bag Boy is to be able to carry a lot more bags at a time without having to stop and drop them. The invention is made by putting some hangers together with a clamp and putting a foam handle at the top. The invention was then painted gold and red.
2006
Sarah Jacobs
Atlanta, GA
Flipper Flopper Peanut Butter Jar
The Flipper Flopper Peanut Butter Jar has lids at both ends so there is no waste. It avoids the problem of scraping the bottom of the jar and getting sticky hands. The jar is flipped over when the peanut butter gets about halfway down.
2005
2005
Ashlye Lutz
Grade 8
Akron, OH
Bicycle Basketball Holder
This is a tapered metal basket attached behind the seat of the bicycle. This carrier securely holds the basketball through friction. It allows the bicycle rider to safely ride while using both hands on the handlebars.
2005
Candace Ingol
Grade 8
Akron, OH
Waste Basket Holder
To help hold the bag up and keep it from falling in the waste basket.
2005
Cristian A. Oncescu
Grade 12
Plano, TX
Local and Remote Earthquake Damage Warning System
The present invention relates to an efficient and inexpensive system for local and remote warning of earthquake-induced damage consisting of two components: (1) an original device for local warning of earthquake-induced damage on a building or structure (Damage Assessment System (DAS), and (2) an original processing software for remote warning (Damage Warning Program (DWP). Rapid reporting of shake levels in a populated area is very important and helpful to focus emergency response efforts in the zones where damage is likely to be the greatest.
2005
Daniel Touzinsky
Age 10
Westerville, OH
Baby Cart Buddy
Made of durable vinyl, this invention is a personal cushioned tube that attaches by Velcro around the shopping cart handle keeping babies who hold and/or try to chew the cart handles safe and germ free. It is washable, easy to carry, easy to install, and inexpensive to own.
2005
De'Andre Holland
Grade 8
Akron, OH
Pet Palace
This dog containment center feeds, waters, and also takes care of the dog's waste. It is used when the dog owner is away from home for extended hours.
2005
Derek Harris
Grade 8
Akron, OH
Seed Puncher
A tool for planting seeds in a bald area, on a slope, or in any hard-to-grow area.
2005
Dylan Barletto
Age 11
Paducah, KY
Inhaler Regulator (for Scuba Diving)
This unique idea combines the inhaler for Asthma attacks with the scuba diving regulator. This will allow people with Asthma to scuba dive with more confidence and not worry about an Asthma attack in deep water.
2005
Jasmine Hopson
Grade 8
Akron, OH
Elevated Plant Waterer
A watering device for plants that are too high to reach without a ladder.
2005
Jordan Hoffman
Age 12
Westerville, OH
Ident-A-Can
This manufactured invention is a small rectangular plastic clip that fits perfectly over any size soda pop can pull top tab. The plastic clip comes in different colors to identify your can. Future ideas include themes, and also textured clips for blind and colorblind people.
2005
Lauren Scafidi
Grade 3
Clarkston  MI
Qwesty
A device to improve communication between active parents and inquisitive children. When a child has a question, he simply places 'Qwesty' on the parent's arm, letting the parent know that their attention is desired. When the parent is ready he'll answer the question and give 'Qwesty' back to the child.
2005
Matt Irons
Grade 10
Warminster  PA
Shake Zap Charger
A power source to power portable devices using Faraday's Principle of Induction. It is a generator that works as the person walks. A magnet passes through a metal coil generating electricity with each step.
2005
Max Wallack
Grade 4
Framingham  MA
Walk and Wait Cane
A cane with a fold out seat, allowing people with limited mobility to sit and rest while they are out on the go.
2005
Melvin Prince, Jr.
Grade 8
Akron, OH
Key Safe Knob
2005
Mitchell Rose
Age 17
Scarsdale, NY
Fil-a-pac
This patented invention is two inventions that organize backpacks into filing systems. The first is a removable, flexible insert with dividers to help organize student work, papers, books, etc. The second is a backpack with five separate compartments that are closed with different color zippers. 
2005
Monique Knox
Grade 8
Akron, OH
Cake Cutter
A device to make cutting cake fun and easy, not messy.
2005
Nicolette Marie Mann
Age 11
Christianburg, VA
Piano 'Peddles' for Beginners
This invention is an attachment for piano pedals which extends and raises the level of reach for young piano students.
2005
Ruthanna Sonntag
Grade 8
Akron, OH
Paint Roller Spinner
"Paint Roller Spinner" to clean a paint roller faster and more efficiently, using centrifugal force to spin and clean the roller.
2005
Shawn Ellison
Grade 8
Akron, OH
Mass Movement Warning Device
An invention to detect and identify mass movements on the surface of the earth, such as landslides.
2005
Tearues Merrit
Grade 8
Akron, OH
Energy Donut
This is a donut-shaped sandbag made of fire-resistant material, weighing about two pounds. The "Energy Pot Donut" fits around the handle of the lid of a pan, which is used on an electric stove. This "Energy Donut" with its added weight (2 lbs.) increases the contact between the pan and the electric coil, which in turn speeds up the boiling rate of the pan by approximately 12%.
2004
2004
Ali Paquette
Grade 3
Westerville, OH
E-Z Buttonz
For very small children and adults with hand disabilities, E-Z Buttons fastens clothing together using magnets.
2004
Bianca Casari
Grade 9
Woodland Hills, CA
Lingo Tango
"Lingo Tango" This word game is based on Latin and Greek roots and prefixes of the English language. This fun game increases one's vocabulary.
2004
Brenton Hicks and R.J. Lopez
Grade 8
Merritt Island, FL
Moisture Detective Sensors
By combining a M sensor that measures moisture in soil and a Time Domain Transmission that uses an electrical pulse, this provides a more accurate measurement of soil moisture content. This will maintain optimum moisture content thereby improving watering efficiency.
2004
Brian Clement
Grade 8
Longview  TX
Airless Paint Can
This novel invention is a plastic, accordion-shaped plastic paint can that can collapse and squeeze out air as paint is used. This prevents paint from "skinning over' or 'blobbing' as the paint gets old.
2004
Clay McMullen
Grade 5
Chesterland, OH
TEKLOCK
"TEKLOCK" An improved, affordable lock for your locker uses a RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) with an ID card/tag. It is faster and there is no combination to remember.
2004
David Lopez
Grade 6
Columbus, OH
C.C. Medi-Cap
To avoid prescription medicine mix-ups, color coded labels are placed on prescription bottle caps.
2004
Erika Monnier
Grade 2
Versailles  OH
Swimming Bumper Pads
Cushioned bumper pads are attached to the end of swimming pools to prevent injury. This is especially good for young swimmers in training who often 'crash their heads' and hurt their arms on the ends of the swim lane.
2004
Jun-jeong Park
Grade 11
McLean, VA
Improved Door Videophone
To improve the Door Videophone, Jun-jeong redesigned it to include a movable camera lens that can be mass-produced and also included a message recording system so a visitor can leave a message for the homeowner.
2004
Max Wallack
Grade 3
Framingham  MA
Pool Plunger
To retrieve items dropped in a pool, this long-pole device allows the user to pull the plunger to suck-up keys, coins, toys, etc. without going into the pool.
2004
Sierrah Macocha
Grade 4
Oxford  MI
E-Z Measure
This tool is a plastic squeeze bottle with a tube and a small measuring cup attached to the top. You can squeeze liquids, such a medicine, into the measuring cup. It is a fast, non-spill, no mess way to take liquid medicine.
2004
Van R. Foster II
Grade 7
Columbus, OH
Coil Reminder
Inserts placed in strategically inside a coil of stamps will remind the user how many stamps remain on the roll.
2004
Winnona Maddrey
Grade 3
Columbus, OH
GoScopes
These are high powered microscopes that can be worn on the head for convenience and to save space.
2003
2003
Ari Edelman
Chico  CA
Watch with a Recorder
The W.w.R. is a wrist watch that has a recorder that you can put in a message and time to remind you to do something. It can load multiple messages for different times. There are attachable earphones so the watch alarm doesn't bother others.
2003
Bryson Fricke
Chico  CA
Alarm Pillow
A pillow with a built-in alarm vibrates to wake you and does not have a buzzer or bell. This allows the sleeper to awake without disturbing others in the same room.
2003
Henry Hernandez
Chico  CA
Super Tape Dispenser
This tape dispenser has a built-in retractable tape measurer extending from the bottom in the same direction the tape is released. This conserves tape so there isn't waste.
2003
Jacob Dunnack
Grade 4
Willimantic, CT
JD Batball
A plastic bat with a removable locking cap. The balls are stored inside.
2003
James Fess
Age 10
Rochester  NY
Clean Cap
A plastic cover fits over the top of a soda pop can and this keeps the drinking surface clean and germ free.
2003
Mary Ann Guglietta and Alicia Rumely
Grade 5
Bernardsville, NJ
Flour Power
A plastic rolling pin filled with flour. It has drilled holes to release flour as it rolls over the dough.
2003
Samantha Carle
Grade 6
Bernardsville, NJ
Sleepover Pillow
This is a pillow and carry bag in one so you can pack your overnight things and only need to carry the sleepover pillow and a sleeping bag. There are several pockets that are labeled for storage.
2002 and Previous
2001
Annie Front
San Anselmo, CA
Blackberry Picker
Annie's invention consists of a pair of scissors and a can attached to the end of a long pole. Operated by a string, the Blackberry Picker cuts the blackberries from the branch and they fall into the can for easy retrieval without the operator getting his or her arms all scratched up. Annie is a 4th grader at Wade Thomas Elementary School.
2001
Diamond Suttles
Akron, OH
Combustibles Demonstrator
Eleven-year-old Diamond, a fourth-grader at Edge Academy in Akron, Ohio, has come up with an idea that might make it easier for other students to understand combustibles when studying science. Frey Elements, a national classroom equipment wholesaler, has purchased Diamond's idea for inclusion in their next catalog. Frey will also pay Diamond royalty money for each kit it sells.
2001
Virginia Sweeney
Chester, CT
Enviro Filter
Virginia attends 7th grade at John Winthrop Junior High School in Deep River, Connecticut. Virginia's invention, the Enviro Filter, helps prevent water pollution caused by the exhaust of motor boats. The Enviro Filter easily fastens to the exhaust of an outboard motor to catch the oil that is normally ejected into the water. Good job, Virginia!
2000
Ivy Summer Lumpkin
Grade 3
Columbus, Ohio
Twilight Post
Ivy Lumpkin's invention is a lighted address mail post which is visible at night for anyone to see. The device consists of a clear acrylic tube 3' tall and 1' wide. The lighting system is made of two battery-operated fluorescent night lights. Attached to the top of the post is a standard mail box.
2000
James and Jason Kwak
Millbraer, CA
Heating Zone Blender, Programmable Fan, and Cold Resistance Tank
James and Jason Kwak submitted three ideas, all of which are creative and useful. Their first, the Heating Zone Blender, is an improvement over the typical household food processor in that it contains a heating element in its base that can warm the bowl before, during, and after mixing the ingredients. The Programmable Fan allows the user to program the exact angles at which a pivoting floor fan should blow so as to provide the maximum cooling effect. The Cold Resistance Tank is a large beverage container that keeps cold drinks cold, without changing their taste when the ice melts.
2000
Lisa Marie Wright
Columbus, Ohio
Auto-Off Candle
Lisa Wright's invention, the "Auto-Off" Candle is a safer candle which, when left unattended, stops burning after a preset amount of time. The candle is presently being manufactured in different "off times" of 15, 30, 45 and 60 minute intervals. Lisa's design has won the local science fair 1st place award, but her greatest reward is to know that her invention may saves lives.
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