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Students from St. Vrain Valley Schools to receive prestigious Lemelson-MIT Grant
By St. Vrain Valley Schools
The InvenTeam initiative, now in its 15th year, inspires youth to invent technological solutions to real-world problems of their own choosing. The 2017–2018 InvenTeams are comprised of students, teachers and community mentors that will pursue year-long invention projects. The InvenTeam initiative engages students in creative thinking, problem-solving and hands-on learning opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
InvenTeams apply their learnings and experiences to build an invention that will be showcased at EurekaFest™ at the Massachusetts Institute Technology in June 2018, and after a mid-grant technical review within their home community in February 2018.
St. Vrain's student team is one of 15 teams across the country designated as an InvenTeam. Their category of participation relates to, Solving Problems for Community Connections. Students will receive $10,000 to design a new, cost-effective, portable emergency beacon system for everyday citizens to use in situations where they are trapped or lost without cell service and do not have access to 911 or other emergency communication systems.
Below is a complete list of particioants in the same category – Solving Problems for Community Connections.
- Frederick County Career and Technology Center (Frederick, Md.): System to remediate well water for Melka Olba School in rural Ethiopia
- Fairview High School (Fairview, Pa.): System comprised of a stethoscope and selfcleaning carrying case for clinical settings
- Energy Institute High School (Houston, Texas): Device to prevent biodiesel from gelling at low temperatures
- Tesla Engineering Charter School (Appleton, Wis.): System to process sustainable cooking fuel for the Village of Hope in Zambia
- St. Vrain Valley Schools Innovation Center (Longmont, Colo.): System to alert first responders of people in distress in areas without cell phone reception