Category Archives: Inventions

USF to Honor Student Inventor

George Seits (17) is a two-time finalist in the USF Young Innovator Competition (2012 and 2013).  In 2012, he invented a compacting shovel, particularly useful for hiking and military personnel.

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Then in 2013, Seits invented a novel packaging configuration for French fries to hold condiments like ketchup while reducing paper waste and costs to restaurants.

George Seits' invention at USF.George Seits presents his invention at the USF Patel Center in 2013

Seits further filed and was awarded United States Patent 8,820,806 September 2, 2014 on his 2012 shovel invention.  USF System President Judy Genshaft and the National Academy of Inventors, USF Chapter will recognize George Seits at the February 11, 2015 Finalist Competition at the Patel Center on the USF Tampa campus.

US Patent 8820806 - awarded to USF Young Innovator George Seits

Teacher Curriculum for Innovation

The USF Young Innovator Program is pleased to present freely distributable curriculum for instruction in the field of innovation.  Click on the images below for document-size enlargements suitable for printing or you can download high-quality PDF versions below:

(Updated – Adobe PDF Versions available now.)

 Brands and trademarks

This worksheet demonstrates the strength of logos and brand names.  Children as young as Kindergarten should be able to determine the goods or services associated with each of these famous brands.

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What makes a good trademark?

Why are some trademarks strong and others weak?  Students learn by easy to understand examples and then try their own hand in coming up with a creative and strong trademark for three different products.  Have the class vote on the best trademark.

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Famous Inventors Quiz

Who invented the cotton gin?  The airplane?  The world-wide-web?  This is a fun and simple quiz that also comes with a teacher’s key.

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Learn the Patent Process and New Spelling Words

How is an invention patented?  Learn fourteen (14) new spelling words in the process.

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Invention Value

Typically valuable inventions are needs versus something that people merely want (discretionary).   This worksheet helps children understand this concept with fun and easy to absorb examples.

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How to Present an Invention

How do you convey the value and advantages of an invention clearly?  This worksheet and example help student inventors organize their thoughts on paper.  Includes an example invention.

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2015 Competition Entry Form now Available

The 2015 competition entry form is available online.  The competition is accepting applications from students K-8 between November 1, 2014 and February 1, 2015. 

Competed forms may be submitted three (3) ways:

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

Timeline for Competition:

  • Top 50 entries selected Feb. 3, 2015.
  • Preliminary judging by the National Academy of Inventors on Feb. 4, 2015.
  • Finalist presentation workshop (top 10 selected finalists) on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at HSN Studios (St. Pete).
  • Finalist presentations  6:00 PM, February 11, 2015 at the University of South Florida Patel Center.

Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon seeking more USF Young Innovators

Casting producer David Garcia advised that he received so many great submissions from the USF Young Innovator competition he wanted us to reach out again.  The deadline is Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The February 19, 2014 segment entitled “Tonight Show Fallonventions” sponsored by GE was such a success they are seeking more young innovators.  Marissa Streng, inventor of the patented Puff-N-Fluff, was a featured guest on the first aired segment. Streng, the 2011 USF Young Innovator Competition grand prize winner, created the dog drying invention while she was in the third grade.

Interested? We invite you to make a 1-2 minute video that showcases the inventor and invention. Keep it simple – you can use the video camera on a smartphone.

Make sure the inventor says the following things:

  1. Name
  2. Age
  3. Hometown
  4. Invention Name
  5. How they got the idea for the invention
  6. Show how the invention works

You can email the video (or a link, if it’s easier to upload it to Youtube or Vimeo) to David Garcia at “The Tonight Show” (davidlatenight@gmail.com). Make sure that email includes:

  1. Inventor’s name, age, hometown
  2. Invention name
  3. Parents name, phone #, email address

DEADLINE – Tuesday, March 18, 2014

2014 Finalist Workshop

Nine finalists attended the 5th annual presentation workshop at the University of South Florida.  The presentation coaches included:

  • Dr. Sebastian Dewhurst, six-time finalist judge.
  • Dr. Kathryn De Laurentis, National Academy of Inventors®.
  • Mary Martin, HSN On-Air Talent coach.
  • Nilay Choksi, U.S. Registered Patent Practitioner

Attendees received coaching on how to convey the value of their inventions, projecting their voice and feeling confident about public speaking.  Ten finalists will compete in a live event at the USF Patel Center on February 11, 2014 at 6 PM.

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Top 10 Finalist Selected

The USF Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors selected the top 10 inventors to compete at a live event on February 11, 2014.  The grand prize winner will receive $1,000 cash plus another $1,000 for their school.  Second prize receives $500 plus $500 for their school.  Third prize wins $250 and another $250 for their school.  All ten finalists receive special medals and annual family passes to Tampa’s Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI).

All Finalists are Highly Encouraged to Attend the Presentation Workshop at USF this Saturday, February 1, 2014 from 9:30 AM to Noon.  Contact Kari McDermott at info@innovationexpress.org for more information.

Title Grade StudentLast StudentFirst Teacher
Portapaint 3 Goldenberg Zachary Wintrip / Tomko
Castholder 3 Tibbs Catherine Wintrip / Tomko
Night Glow Socks 3 Boss Heather Wintrip / Tomko
Alcohol Detection Cups 8 Patrica Lindsey Soltau
Pedal Less Music Turner 8 Trusso Aris Soltau
Light Up Nighttime Mat for Bedroom 5 Fowler Hannah Magnusson
Shopping Cart with Tech Functions 8 Feingold Melissa Magnusson
Walking Cane with Grabber 4 Vaughan Aidan VanOosten
Mailbox Notification System 4 Bali Rajan Yates
Shoutstopper 7 Bennett Jessica Carwise Middle

Photos of the National Academy Judging today:

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