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. 

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  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.


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 Young Innovator Finalist Medals

This year the University of South Florida is proud to introduce custom, one-of-a-kind medals for the ten (10) selected finalists selected February 4, 2015 by the USF Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors.

2015 Finalist Medals - USF Young Innovator Competition

These are substantial, premium-grade awards that reflect the intellectual and creative accomplishments of this competition’s top young inventors.  In addition to the medals, the top ten (10) finalists will win annual family passes to Tampa’s Museum of Science and Industry, gifts from HSN and a chance to win $1,000 for themselves and another $1,000 for their school.  The deadline for entry is February 1, 2015.   Entry forms are available online.