Category Archives: Inventions

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” ( 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.


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 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:





Top Fifty (50) Semi-Finalists Selected Today

A panel of five judges reviewed over 500 invention entries today and selected the top 50 semi-finalists.  These top 50 will all receive medals and will move onto to the finalist selection process at the University of South Florida this Wednesday.  The USF Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors will select the top 10 finalist that will compete on February 11, 2014 in a live event.  The top 10 will also be invited to attend a presentation workshop this Saturday, February 1 where they will receive guidance from top industry engineers, professionals and talent coaches from HSN.

Top 50 Semi-Finalists

Traveling Pooch 5 Bemzagh Yasmine Hogan
IV Rider 5 Fisher Justin Wainwright
Screw Top, S-Top 4 Sarmento  Mariana Hogan
The Fabulog 4 Requena  Fabiana Hogan
UHoop 1 Forcella Rosey Hogan
Portapaint 3 Goldenberg Zachary Wintrip
The Water Collar 3 Evans Tyler Wintrip
Castholder 3 Tibbs Catherine Wintrip
Dog Tug Machine 3 Freedman Alec Wintrip
Take the Wind Wherever You Go 3 Fiola Sasha Wintrip
Night Glow Socks 3 Boss Heather Wintrip
Coin Operated Sun Lotion/Block Dispenser 3 Lugo Alejandro Wintrip
Sinkhole Alarm Box 8 Arangjelovik Tamara Soltau
Alcohol Detection Cups 8 Patrica Lindsey Soltau
The Self Detecting Defective Power Cord 8 Hicks Amiya Soltau
Within Reach 8 Milam Marissa Soltau
Scissor/Stapler 8 Guggia Gino Soltau
Pedal Less Music Turner 8 Trusso Aris Soltau
Pillow with photo, voice recording and scent 2 Hogan Alana Hogan
Rotating Storage Shelves 5 Yurchenko Dasha Magnusson
Light Up Nighttime Mat for Bedroom 5 Fowler Hannah Magnusson
Blow up Pillow with Hypoallergenic Fabric 5 Smith McKenna Magnusson
Laundry Looter 8 Passero Jack Magnusson
The Day and Night Window 8 Erceg Annabelle Magnusson
Shopping Cart with Tech Functions 8 Feingold Melissa Magnusson
Motor Powered Automatic Light-Sensing Blinds 9 Gamero Daniel Magnusson
Perfume Puffer 3 Applebaum Zoe Wintrip
Disposable Multi-Condiment Knife 3 Weintraub Weston Wintrip
Walking Cane with Grabber 4 Vaughan Aidan VanOosten
Vehicle Mounted Device which deactivates  cell phones when docked and notifies the parent that the cell phone is deactivated 6 Burcaw Kylie Griffin
Bed Water Bottle Holder 1 Gande Sharanya Romero
The maximum bubble blower 3 Johnson Erin Ogburn
The Automatic Tickler 4 Sakadales Colten Ogburn
Robotic Root Ventilation 11 Davis Drew R. Home School
Shampoo, Conditioner and Body Wash Dissolving Pearls 4 Fisher Elijah Yates
Design of Novel Nanotechnology-Based Electronic Cigarette Juice with Less Harmful Effect on Human Respiratory System  11 Chow Kevin  Yin
Life Vest with Heating Pad 7 Marcinkiewicz Julian  Stasny
E-Ring 7 Thomasson Kacyee  Stasny
Clear Desktop Computer Cover 6 Solomon Elizabeth Castro
Size Adaptable Segmented Multipurpose Square 12 Ullom Jonathan Ullom
Mailbox Notification System 4 Bali Rajan Yates
Shoutstopper 7 Bennett Jessica Carwise Middle
Sleepy Drink 1 Blue Aliyah  Yates
Magnetic High Chair Cup Holder 1 Carlin Sara Yates
Cat clothing that cleans the house 6 Scherer Rana Griffin
Anyone Proof Biometric Pill Organizer 6 Haire Trevor Foster
The Neater Baker 6 Hunter Zoe Foster
Artificial Rain 4 Alfonso Nicole Foster
Solar Powered Reclaimed Water Sprinkler System 6 Manley Ava Foster
A Fishing Pole that Weighs Fish 2 Quioco Logan Yates

Over 500 Invention Entries Received

Entries were received from the following schools:

Academy at the Lakes Pasco
Bartles Middle School Hillsborough
Blank – Sarasota Sarasota
Cambridge Christian School Hillsborough
Canterbury School of Florida Pinellas
Carwise Middle School Pinellas
Center Academy Hillsborough
Colleen Bevis Elementary Hillsborough
Curlew Creek Elementary School Pinellas
Cypress Woods Pinellas
Electa Lee Middle School Manatee
Fishhawk Creek Elementary School Hillsborough
Franklin Middle Hillsborough
Franklin Middle Boys Prep Hillsborough
Freedom HIgh School  Hillsborough
Home School – Pinellas Pinellas
Home School (Polk) Polk
Imagine School Hillsborough
Kathleen Elementary School Polk
Kathleen Middle School Polk
Learning Gate Community School  Hillsborough
Lincoln Manatee
Lomax Elementary Magnet School Hillsborough
Mango Elementary Hillsborough
Martinez Middle School Hillsborough
McKeel Academy Central Polk
McKitrick Elementary School Hillsborough
Nativity Catholic School Hillsborough
Oak Grove Pinellas
Odessa Elementary School Pasco
Pine View Sarasota
Saint Paul’s School Pinellas
South McKeel Academy Sarasota
Spring Valley School Pinellas
Steinbrenner High School Hillsborough
Summerfield Crossings Elementary Hillsborough
Sunset Hills Elementary Pinellas
Tampa Bay Technical High School Hillsborough
Tarpon Springs Fundamental Elementary School Pinellas
Tomlin Middle School Hillsborough
Venice Christian School Sarasota
Walden Lake Elementary School Hillsborough
Wellspring Enrichment Program Hillsborough
Westchase Elementary School Hillsborough
Wilson Middle School Hillsborough