Palo Alto, CA, June 14, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- A team of student inventors from Gunn High School, one of only 16 high schools nationwide selected to receive a $10,000 Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam grant in the 2012-2013 school year, recently completed its solar powered egg incubator. This autonomous incubator features a solar water heater and will be donated to schools in developing nations to combat malnutrition and poverty.
The Gunn InvenTeam will travel to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Mass., to exhibit and demonstrate its invention at the InvenTeams Showcase during EurekaFest, a multi-day celebration of the inventive spirit, on Friday, June 21. EurekaFest is an annual event presented by the Lemelson-MIT Program, a nonprofit organization at MIT that inspires youth to pursue creative lives and careers through invention.
EurekaFest empowers a legacy of inventors through activities that honor role models and encourage creativity and problem solving. The festivities will also provide the Gunn High School InvenTeam with the opportunity to meet fellow student inventors from across the country, past and present Lemelson-MIT Program award winners, MIT alumni and staff and leaders in the science, technology and engineering communities.
“The InvenTeam high school grants initiative represents the future,” said Leigh Estabrooks, invention education officer from the Lemelson-MIT Program. “We place an emphasis on STEM-focused projects to foster interest in these fields among youth. With InvenTeams, our primary goal is to develop high school students’ passion for invention, in turn inspiring them to consider careers in science, technology, engineering or math.”
During the InvenTeams Showcase, the Gunn High InvenTeam, led by student Emily S. Wang, will join a community of inventors. In addition to discussing its research and design processes and showcasing its invention, the Gunn InvenTeam will gather feedback to advance its prototype. Student inventors on the team include: Drew Bent, Paul Lou, Isabel Goronzy, Trevor Wang, Victoria Salova, Samir Ghosh, Aron Sarmasi, and Andy Zhang.
On Saturday, June 22, the InvenTeams will participate in closing EurekaFest activities at the Museum of Science, Boston. The Gunn InvenTeam will join more than 200 high school students from across the country, along with the general public, in hands-on invention activities.
About The Lemelson-MIT Program
Celebrating innovation, inspiring youth
The Lemelson-MIT Program celebrates outstanding innovators and inspires young people to pursue creative lives and careers through invention.
Jerome H. Lemelson, one of U.S. history’s most prolific inventors, and his wife Dorothy founded the Lemelson-MIT Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1994. It is funded by The Lemelson Foundation and administered by the School of Engineering. The Foundation sparks, sustains and celebrates innovation and the inventive spirit. It supports projects in the U.S. and developing countries that nurture innovators and unleash invention to advance economic, social and environmentally sustainable development. To date The Lemelson Foundation has donated or committed more than U.S. $150 million in support of its mission.