USF Young Innovator Finals

Alexis Martin wins 2015 USF Young Innovator CompetitionThe 7th Annual USF Young Innovator Competition held its finalist competition last night at the University of South Florida.  The ten finalists competed in a live event before five expert judges: Israel Morejon, Valerie McDevitt, Bill Green, Jenn Holloway and Sebastian Dewhurst.  The ten finalists were:

  1. Waishy Harmon Water Spraying Brush
  2. Hanley Riggs Pressure Clothing
  3. Zachary Shinneman Highway Sweeper
  4. Grant Humphries Beach Inflatable Mat
  5. Alenna Spiro Edu-Feedback
  6. Avery New Seatbelt Detector
  7. Sanjana Srinivasan Oil Spreader
  8. Lily Quay Ice Bandage
  9. Marc Taylor Retracting Speed Bump
  10. Alexis Martin No Bully Bracelet

The 6th Annual Outback Steakhouse Top Trademark Award went to Waishy Harmon for her RUSH BRUSH™ trademark for a water spraying brush.

HSN's Bill Green discusses Waishy Harmon's invention with her.

Grand Prize

The $1,000 Grand Prize went to Alexis Martin for her “No Bully Bracelet.”  In addition, she won a new HP notebook computer and HP tablet courtesy of HSN.

Alexis Martin PresentsAlexis Martin and Jenn Holloway

2nd Place

The runner up with Marc Taylor for his retractable speed bump for school zones earning him $500 and a GoPro 3 camera from HSN.

Marc Taylor Marc Taylor wins a GoPro camera from HSNMarc Taylor's cheering section.

Third Place

The third place award of $250 went to Hanley Riggs for her pressure clothing invention for autistic children. HSN awarded her a third generation iPad tablet.

Hanley Riggs wins an iPad from HSNHanley Riggs presents.

Register for the 7th Annual Live Competition

IMG_1362The top young innovators from around the Tampa Bay region will compete in the 7th annual live event at the USF Patel Center before a panel of celebrity and science judges. Invention showcase from 5:15 to 6:00. Competition starts at 6:00 pm.  There is no fee to attend but space is limited.  Please register now:

When: Wednesday February 11, 2015 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM EST Add to Calendar

Where:  Patel Center at the University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Avenue
CGS 101
Tampa, FL 33620
Contact: Kari McDermott
University of South Florida, Young Innovator Program
813-925-8505 
info@innovationexpress.org
Support your Classmates!  Finalists include students from the following schools:
  1. Academy at the Lakes
  2. Terrace Community Middle
  3. Martinez Middle School (2)
  4. Spessard L. Holland Elementary
  5. Family of Christ Christian School (2)
  6. Walden Lake Elementary
  7. Canterbury School of Florida
  8. Learning Gate Community School
Invention Student Grade Teacher School
Pressure Clothing Hanley Riggs 8 Elizabeth Magnusson Academy at the Lakes
Edu-Feedback Alenna Spiro 8 Tracie Overdorff Terrace Community Middle
Beach blanket with detachable inflatable mat Grant Humphries 6 Gynnekia Booth Martinez Middle School
No Bully Bracelet Alexis Martin 3 Patricia Lake Spessard L. Holland Elementary
Device that a plice man can detect if a person is wearing a seatbelt Avery New 5 Melissa Gembarowski Family of Christ Christian School
Oil dispenser and spreader Sanjana Srinivasan 6 Jennifer Griffin Martinez Middle School
Highway Sweeper Zachary Shinneman 5 Sandra VanOosten Walden Lake Elementary School
Storage Hair Brush with Water Spraying Bristles Waishy Harmon 6 Melissa Gembarowski Family of Christ Christian School
Ice bandade Lily Quay 3 Esposito Lester Canterbury School of Florida
the speed bump at school zones that goes up automatically at school time Marc Taylor 5 Sylvie Fanous-Samaan Learning Gate Community School

National Academy of Inventors Selects Top 10

The USF Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors selected the top 10 finalists today to compete before a live judging panel on Thomas Edison’s birthday (February 11, 2015).   The finalists are invited to a private training session this Saturday provided by HSN Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Invention Trademark Student Grade Teacher School County
Pressure Clothing The Missing Piece Hanley Riggs 8 Elizabeth Magnusson Academy at the Lakes Hillsborough
Edu-Feedback The Boring Button Alenna Spiro 8 Tracie Overdorff Terrace Community Middle Hillsborough
Beach blanket with detachable inflatable mat Beach Blanket Buddy Grant Humphries 6 Gynnekia Booth Martinez Middle School Hillsborough
No Bully Bracelet Anti Bully Band Alexis Martin 3 Patricia Lake Spessard L. Holland Elementary Polk
Device that a plice man can detect if a person is wearing a seatbelt Light on Lights Off Avery New 5 Melissa Gembarowski Family of Christ Christian School Hillsborough
Oil dispenser and spreader E-Z Spreader Sanjana Srinivasan 6 Jennifer Griffin Martinez Middle School Hillsborough
Highway Sweeper High Sweep Zachary Shinneman 5 Sandra VanOosten Walden Lake Elementary School Hillsborough
Storage Hair Brush with Water Spraying Bristles Rush Brush Waishy Harmon 6 Melissa Gembarowski Family of Christ Christian School Hillsborough
Ice bandage Ice bandade Lily Quay 3 Esposito Lester Canterbury School of Florida Pinellas
the speed bump at school zones that goes up automatically at school time the up bump Marc Taylor 5 Sylvie Fanous-Samaan Learning Gate Community School Hillsborough

Top 50 Semi-Finalists Selected

Preliminary judging was completed at 3:15 PM, Tuesday, February 3, 2015.  The following fifty (50) inventions will advance onto judging tomorrow at the University of South Florida.  20140211_Young_Innovator_Competition_0094The USF Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors will select the top 10 finalists.   Those top 10 finalists will be invited to a presentation workshop at HSN Studios this Saturday, February 7 from 9 AM to 12 PM in St. Petersburg, Florida.   The ten finalists will then compete in a live event at USF’s Tampa campus before a panel of judges.

Invention Inventor Grade Teacher School County
Pressure Clothing Hanley Riggs 8 Elizabeth Magnusson Academy at the Lakes Hillsborough
Collapsible Side Door Car Shelf Parker Buckingham 8 Elizabeth Magnusson Academy at the Lakes Hillsborough
Adhesive Wrapping Paper Lexi Kilfoyl 8 Elizabeth Magnusson Academy at the Lakes Hillsborough
Portable weight sensing alarm Bryant Beinhauer 8 Elizabeth Magnusson Academy at the Lakes Hillsborough
Cord Protecter case Alexa Allan 5 Donna Girard Anona Elementary Pinellas
Adjustable Table Holder Kyleigh O’Brien 5 Donna Girard Anona Elementary Pinellas
Algae Away 101 Alanis Job 3 Esposito Lester Canterbury School of Florida Pinellas
Soap Hat Bella Lo 3 Esposito Lester Canterbury School of Florida Pinellas
Trashcan Scrunchy Maggie McFarland 3 Esposito Lester Canterbury School of Florida Pinellas
Ice bandade Lily Quay 3 Esposito Lester Canterbury School of Florida Pinellas
Easy Litter Will Warburton 3 Esposito Lester Canterbury School of Florida Pinellas
Doorbell Message system with app for messages and intercom use Jaclyn Tully 7 Melissa Gembarowski Family of Christ Christian School Hillsborough
A Shoed Cleat Nicholas Snow 8 Melissa Gembarowski Family of Christ Christian School Hillsborough
Device that a plice man can detect if a person is wearing a seatbelt Avery New 5 Melissa Gembarowski Family of Christ Christian School Hillsborough
Storage Hair Brush with Water Spraying Bristles Waishy Harmon 6 Melissa Gembarowski Family of Christ Christian School Hillsborough
Inclined baby soft pillow to decrease baby split up and regurgitation Sharanya Gande 2 Joann Slay Imagine School of Land O Lakes Pasco
the speed bump at school zones that goes up automatically at school time Marc Taylor 5 Sylvie Fanous-Samaan Learning Gate Community School Hillsborough
Stuffed Animal Alarm Clock Maya Storch 0 Angela Hartle MacFarlane Park Elementary Hillsborough
3D Glasses with Adjustable Frames and Padded Arms that Massage Your Head Alyssa Williams 4 Hartle Kanzer MacFarlane Park Elementary Hillsborough
Toilet Cleaner Lane Chin 4 Hartle Kanzer MacFarlane Park Elementary Hillsborough
Paraplegic/Blind Service Dog Assisted Wheelchair Alexis Hart 6 Jennifer Griffin Martinez Middle School Hillsborough
International Space Station Locator Monty Bishop 6 Jennifer Griffin Martinez Middle School Hillsborough
Bookshelf Helper Maureen Posie Farrelly 6 LeeAnne Foster Martinez Middle School Hillsborough
Oil dispenser and spreader Sanjana Srinivasan 6 Jennifer Griffin Martinez Middle School Hillsborough
Sync buds Billie Bentil 6 LeeAnne Foster Martinez Middle School Hillsborough
Band-aids on a roll Jordan Watson 6 Jennifer Griffin Martinez Middle School Hillsborough
The air-water conversion device Neal shankar 6 Jennifer Griffin Martinez Middle School Hillsborough
Beach blanket with detachable inflatable mat Grant Humphries 6 Gynnekia Booth Martinez Middle School Hillsborough
Foldable Shoes Kaleighia Engman 6 Jennifer Griffin Martinez Middle School Hillsborough
Robotic Lawnmower tyrian hackshaw 6 LeeAnne Foster Martinez Middle School Hillsborough
FUN FLOPZ isabella brelje 6 Jennifer Griffin Martinez Middle School Hillsborough
hour-glass stop light Annabelle Salveson 5 Kyley Martin Nelson Elementary Hillsborough
Color Tissue Alert System Dominic Huey 2 Elaine Dunson Oldsmar Elementary Pinellas
The Door Step Hannah Willett 4 Elaine Dunson Oldsmar Elementary Pinellas
Table turner 3,000 Connor Walsh 4 Amber Schumaker South Mckeel Polk
Memomicrowave Aaliyahna Ivey 3 Patricia Lake Spessard L. Holland Elementary Polk
No Bully Bracelet Alexis Martin 3 Patricia Lake Spessard L. Holland Elementary Polk
Detangler Spraying Hair Brush Sonia Beljic 4 Beth Kern St. Pauls School Pinellas
Good Smelling Trash Anjali Degala 4 Beth Kern St. Pauls School Pinellas
Method for managing food in your fridge and freezer Ethan Yeh 7 K.K. Quah Tampa Preparatory School Hillsborough
A pair of small filters to prevent secondhand smoke, inserted in the nose Manu Gummaraju 8 Tracie Overdorff Terrace Community Middle Hillsborough
Edu-Feedback Alenna Spiro 8 Tracie Overdorff Terrace Community Middle Hillsborough
Beef Bubbles for Dogs Christian Bentrovato 7 Darren Aguero Tomlin Middle School Hillsborough
lighter and wick cutter Case Watson 5 Sandra VanOosten Walden Lake Elementary School Hillsborough
Safe-T-Wallet Carson Sweat 4 Sandra VanOosten Walden Lake Elementary School Hillsborough
Automatic Washer Andrew Smith 5 Sandra VanOosten Walden Lake Elementary School Hillsborough
No bugs about it Crystal Estrada 4 Sandra VanOosten Walden Lake Elementary School Hillsborough
Powered Pet Feces Remover Aidan Marino Vaughan 5 Sandra VanOosten Walden Lake Elementary School Hillsborough
Highway Sweeper Zachary Shinneman 5 Sandra VanOosten Walden Lake Elementary School Hillsborough
Water Wake Up Call Andrew MacDonald 5 Sandra VanOosten Walden Lake Elementary School Hillsborough

Deadline Extended to Monday

The 7th Annual USF Young Innovator Competition entry deadline has been extended to Monday, February 2, 2015 at 5:00 PM EST.  Students may submit by paper or entirely online.  Paper entries may be received by:

  1. Email: info@innovationexpress.org
  2. Fax to 800-726-1491
  3. Mail/Hand Delivery: USF Young Innovator Competition, 180 Pine Avenue North, Oldsmar, FL 34677

Extending the deadline was done in anticipation of any difficulties faxing, emailing or electronically submitting entries on a Sunday when the competition staff is unavailable to assist students, parents and teachers.

If you need any assistance we will be available Monday, February 2, 2015 at 8:30 AM to assist at 813-925-8505.  Thank you all for making this another great event and have a great weekend.

Forest Lakes Elementary Innovation Lesson

Many thanks to Ms. Pinney and her third graders that were excellent students today.  We discussed the evolution of the light bulb from incandescent, to florescent to LED.  We took infrared heat measurements of each type of bulb and compared the wattage consumed by each type of technology. 

We also discussed trademarks and how brands are used and protected by companies.  The students got an A+ on their test and received free pens from Kari McDermott.