Category Archives: Inventions

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.

New in 2015–Online Invention Submission

The 7th Annual USF Young Innovator Competition is proud to introduce online invention entry this year.  The deadline for entry is Feb. 1, 2015.  To submit online, go to www.sendinvention.com.  After creating a login and student profile you may submit as many inventions as you like and upload your prototype images and/or drawings.   For a tutorial on how to submit online please see the screen-shots below:

 

Only One Month Left to Submit Invention Entries

The 7th Annual USF Young Innovator Competition deadline for entries is Monday, February 2, 2015, 5:00 PM.  The competition is open to students kindergarten through 8th grade (K-8) in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, Citrus, Manatee, Sarasota and Polk counties.    Entry forms are available on our website.  Every entry wins a pass to Tampa’s Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI).  Top inventors are eligible for thousands in cash and prizes.

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Here are just some of our past top inventions:

IMG00050-20090318-1812 2009:  Scratch pad for dogs that damage doors.
20100212_InnovCup_0048 2010:  A magnetic apparatus that picks up pins and staples then safely releases them.  U.S. Patent. 8641112.
IMG_0904b 2011:  A dog drying suit.  U.S. Patent 8371246.
20120210_USF_Young_Innovators_Competition_0230 2012:  A UV-light box for disinfecting sponges.
20130211_2013_Young_Innovators_Competition_0184 2013:  A sifter for cereal.
2014-Young-Innovator 338 2014:  Glow in the dark socks.

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.

USF Young Innovator - George Seits (2012)USF Young Innovator - George Seits (2012)

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