Saturday, January 3, 2009

Bubble Wrap Competition for Young Inventors

Could Bubble Wrap end world hunger? It can help, according to 12 year old Kellan Horner of Lenexa Kansas, a semi-finalist in this year's Bubble Wrap Competition for Young Inventors. He is hoping that his Bubble-Wrap-encased hydroponic green house, which enables plants to grow without soil, will not only help the hungry but also earn him the contest's grand prize of $10,000. Not to burst his bubble or anything, but competition is stiff. There's the Bubble Wrap Emergency Shelter designed by 10 year old Andrew Teesdale of Sherwood Oregon. This lightweight tent is meant to provide temporary shelter for disaster victims. (FEMA take notice.) Then there's the amazing Pop-Up Solar Cooker Book, invented by 11 year old Jared Mann of Christiansburg Virginia. The portable, solar-powered appliance can be used as a grill or an oven, depending on which page the "book" is turned to.
In all, 2200 students in grades 5 through 8 submitted original inventions. Of these, 15 - including Kellan, Andrew and Jared - were selected as semi-finalists. Three finalists will be announced some time in early January and will be flown to New York City, with a family member, for a three-day trip, where the grand prize winner will be announced on - when else - Bubble Wrap(R) Appreciation Day (January 26, 2009 for those who don't know). The grand prize winner of the competition will receive a $10,000 U.S. savings bond, while the second and third place winners will receive $5,000 and $3,000 U.S. savings bonds, respectively. The teacher/mentor of each finalist will receive a $500 gift card. awarded by the Sealed Air Corporation, the mother company of Bubble Wrap.
Check out all of the semi-finalists and their inventions here.
Good luck everyone!

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