Student teams win $10k grants for inventions

16 high school student teams from across the country were awarded $10k grants from the Lemelson-MIT Program today for their inspiring inventions to address real-world problems.

A panel of invention and academic leaders from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Lemelson-MIT Program, industry and InvenTeam student alumni selected the InvenTeams from a national pool of applicants. The 2012–2013 Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams and their proposed inventions are:


· ACTS Home Education Cooperative (Charlottesville, Va.): Wind turbine for traffic airflow capture
· Beaver Country Day School (Chestnut Hill, Mass.): Automated robotic vehicular independence system
· Ella T. Grasso Southeastern Technical High School (Groton, Conn.): Compost water heating system
· John P. Stevens High School (Edison, N.J.): Life jacket for prolonged search and rescue
· Nashua High School North (Nashua, N.H.): Bacteria-powered battery
· Natick High School (Natick, Mass.): Ice search and rescue remotely-operated vehicle
· Newton North High School (Newton, Mass.): Pedestrian alert system
· Sturgis West Charter Public School West (Hyannis, Mass.): Marine mammal rescue transporter
· Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (Alexandria, Va.): Emotive aid for combating autism


· LEARN Science and Math Academy (Kansas City, Mo.): Radio frequency identification system for medicine tracking
· St. Ursula Academy (Toledo, Ohio): Pill dispensing organizational system


· Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders (Austin, Texas): Pressurized produce preserver


· Colfax High School (Colfax, Calif.): Construction layout tool
· Girls Leadership Academy of Arizona (Phoenix, Ariz.): Drowning prevention device
· Henry M. Gunn High School (Palo Alto, Calif.): Solar egg incubator
· Los Alamitos High School (Los Alamitos, Calif.): Ozone water purification system

In June 2013, the 2012-2013 InvenTeams will showcase their projects at EurekaFest, the Lemelson-MIT Program’s public, multi-day celebration of the inventive spirit at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass.