Georgia Tech K-12 InVenture Challenge Award Winners

Congratulations to all of the 2017 Georgia Tech K-12 InVenture Challenge award winners, competitors, and their teachers.

Elementary Awards:

 

1st Place Elementary1st Place:
Illumination Gloves

School:
Due West Elementary School - Grade 5
Cobb County

Team Members:
Jack Cowan
Thomas Wall
Alex Whiteside

Teacher:
Brandye Keasler
Kirsten Perla

Product:
Illumination Gloves are running gloves with LED lights that are mounted on the front and back of the fingers and the outside palms. The gloves also have reflective tape on the fingers. The fingertips of the gloves are touch screen compatible for smartphone operation.

 

2nd Place Elementary2nd Place:
QR Collar

School:
Pickett’s Mill Elementary School - Grade 5
Cobb County

Team Members:
Joseph Bamert
Jack Frishmann

Teacher:
Cassie Llewallyn

Product:
QR Collar is a QR code that is attached to a reflective cat or dog collar. QR code can be scanned to identify lost pets and provide the owner contact information and other details.

 

3rd Place Elementary3rd Place:
Team Switcheroo: Snap

School:
Timber Ridge Elementary School - Grade 5
Cobb County

Team Members:
Hayden Menezes
Sean Ray
Trey Trotti

Teacher:
Shannon Reagan

Product:
The Switcheroo: Snap is an interchangeable sole for sporting shoes. The soles snap on and off of the shoe to utilize different cleats and bottoms for various sports.

 

Middle School Awards:

 

1st Place Middle1st Place, sponsored by Georgia Centers of Innovation:
The Locker Hammock

School:
JC Booth Middle School - Grade 8
Fayette County

Team Members:
Katie Barry
Olivia Quern
Esther Ofielu

Teacher:
Kathleen Lanman

Product:
The Locker Hammock is a redesign of the standard locker shelf. The shelf consists of suction cups and fabric. The fabric design gives the shelf the flexibility to fit neatly in most lockers while the suction cups allow the shelf to attach firmly to the interior walls.

 

2nd Place Middle2nd Place:
Weight Warrior

School:
Griffin Middle School - Grade 6
Cobb County

Team Members:
Peyton Bedgood
Elise Gildea

Teacher:
Faye Yost

Weight Warrior is an exercise accessory made of neoprene that is worn on the forearms or calves.  The sleeve can be worn underneath clothing. Each sleeve has several zippered pockets for inserting and removing gel packs of various weights.

 

 

3rd Place Middle3rd Place:
Let’s Deet This

School:
JC Booth Biddle School - Grade 8
Fayette County

Team Members:
Gracie Weldon
Johanna Nelson
Raaga Bramhadevi

Teacher:
Kathleen Lanman

Product:
Let’s Deet is a bug-repelling laundry detergent made from environmentally safe ingredients. This product also includes a portable washing machine. Let’s Deet This can be used on clothes or mosquito netting for an added layer of protection from insects.

 

High School Awards:

 

1st Place High School 1st Place, sponsored by Georgia Centers of Innovation:
Oil Spill Cleanup Improvement

School:
North Forsyth High School Grade 11
Forsyth County

Inventor:
Evan Smith

Teacher:
John S. Brock

Product:
Oil Spill Cleanup Improvement proposes the concept of the use basalt based filtration systems that can be used in many oil spill cleanup environments such as streams, ponds, lakes, and oceans. The concept describes the manufacturing process that uses cost-effective materials to create the filter.
 

2nd Place High School2nd Place:
Head-Safe Headphones

School:
Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology - Grade 12
Rockdale County

Inventor:
Aja Weary

Teacher:
Dametria Williams

Product:
The Head-Safe Headphones are intended to assist those that have a fear of loud sounds in noisy situations by blocking sound through the use of headphones with a higher Noise Reduction Rating than comparable products. The headphones create a calming environment by allowing the user to listen to music at a safe volume level.

 

3rd Place High School3rd Place:
Pacer Sonix

School:
Collins Hill High School - Grade 11 & 12
Gwinnett County

Team Members:
Michal Szurek
Rubin Park
Paul Matesevac

Teacher:
Bill Daly

Product:
The Pacer Sonix provides an ultrasonic method for charging internal pacemaker batteries during sleep. Due to the nature of its hermetically sealed system, pacemakers do not have interchangeable batteries and require surgical replacement approximately every six years. The Pacer Sonix utilizes piezoelectric energy transfer to slowly charge up internal capacitors to prolong the life of a pacemaker. An external component transmits amplified ultrasonic waves and is received via an ultrasonic piezoelectric transducer within the pacemaker which charges the battery.

 

Specialty Awards

 

IronCAD AwardIronCAD Award Winner:
Xtendlet

School:
Flat Rock Middle School - Grade 8
Fayette County

Team Members:
Ashton Mobley
Mohammed-Faiz Ali Khan
Thomas Bryan

Teacher:
Monica Reckley

Product:
The Xtendlet cord extends the reach of electrical outlets by up to 25 feet in length and the can retract back neatly to the wall outlet.

 

Manufacturing Award, sponsored by TAG ManufacturingManufacturing Award, sponsored by TAG Manufacturing:
Illumination Gloves

School:
Due West Elementary School - Grade 5
Cobb County

Team Members:
Jack Cowan
Thomas Wall
Alex Whiteside

Teacher:
Brandye Keasler
Kirsten Perla

Product:
Illumination Gloves are running gloves with LED lights that are mounted on the front and back of the fingers and the outside palms. The gloves also have reflective tape on the fingers. The fingertips of the gloves are touch screen compatible for smartphone operation.

 

People‚Äôs Choice AwardPeople’s Choice Award:
Shoe Clipz

School:
Bullard Elementary School - Grade 5
Cobb County

Team Members:
Zoe Chow
Wyatt Frazier
Angelina Villamar

Teacher:
Nikki Brooks

Product:
Shoe Clipz allows shoes to remain tied by immobilizing the knot.

 

Youngst InventorsYoungest Inventors:
Training Skateboard

School:
The SAE School - Grade 2

Team Members:
Mya Boucher
Johnathan Henderson

Teacher:
Tiffany Grant

Product:
Training Skateboard is a modified skateboard that is intended for children. The skateboard has handles with extension poles that are mounted to the front and back of the deck for support and balance. The skateboard also includes a braking system that slows the rate of speed.

 

 

 

Top Teacher Award:

John S. Brock: North Forsyth High School - Forsyth County
Brandye Keasler: Due West Elementary School - Cobb County
Kathleen Lanman: JC Booth Middle School - Fayette County
Kirsten Perla: Due West Elementary School - Cobb County