To a festive crowd of parents, students, teachers and invited guests, the winners of the 8th annual Thomas Edison Invention Challenge were announced and celebrated at the Thomas Edison National Historical Park [“Edison Park”]. The contest celebrated inventors from across the country.
Twenty-eight (28) teams across 6 states competed to make it to Edison Park for a top honors, run-off pitch contest. Six (6) finalist teams, three in the middle school and three in the high school categories went head to head. Teams “pitched” their invention, in person, before a 3 judge panel.
Here is a summary of the NJ award recipients in both the middle school and high school award categories.
Elementary/ Middle School Category
2nd Place: Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy, Livingston, NJ
CREATIVE CAPS - “Wind Powered Water Well & Water Filtration”
This team created a wind-powered well that takes the water and filters it so it lessens the amount of manual labor required to get water in third world countries.
Team Members: Miriam Bash, Jack Helprin, Hannah Koppel, Nathaniel Savitz
High School Category
1st Place: Seton Hall Prep, West Orange, NJ
SHPREME - “Bicycle Mounted Charging System”
This team’s invention looks to solve the issue of bike riders’ phones running out of battery by using man-powered energy generated by the rotations of the rear tire.
Team Members: Aidan Gaul, Ross Johnson, Timothy Metcalf, Brian Mueller
2nd Place : Lacey Township High School, Lanoka Harbor, NJ
ALVOLT - “Mechanical Heart Valve”
This team’s invention is an electrically motorized valve replacement with an ultrasonic sensor to regulate the aortic valve’s leaflets to coincide with the blood flow of the systole and diastole phases.
Team Members: Hailey Carskaddan, Samantha Kievit, Kali Pullin, Seda Turkoglu
3rd Place: Chatham High School, Chatham, NJ
Chatham Cougars—“Inflatable Lower Leg Field Splint”
This team’s invention, the Inflataboot, is an inflatable leg brace to be used in emergency situations ranging from a sprain to a broken ankle.
Team Members: Kasper Bardecki, Thomas Giordano, Julia Lin, Kaitlin Pinaire
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