2018 K-12 InVenture Prize Winners

​Congratulations to all the 2018 K-12 InVenture Prize students and teachers!

High School Winners:

1st Place:

Team Hydraptor
Walton High School, Cobb County
Students: Rishab Rao, Alexa Holdmeyer, Noah Bruckner
Teacher: Ann Baxley

The Hydraptor is an adaptor that can be attached to a hose that fits its size. When connections aredesired, the adaptor is simply pushed onto the connection point and rotated to create a fast and reliable connect. Connection speeds are revolutionary with times under five seconds.  

2nd Place:

A Kinesthetic Approach to Muscle Memory
Harrison High School, Cobb County
Student: Isabella Parker
Teacher: Paulette Allard

This device would help retrain people's muscle memory so they can write letters neatly and correctly. The results of the tests conducted showed that the device might effectively be used to retrain muscle memory in people who have developed dysgraphia due to stroke or some other traumatic brain injury. 

3rd Place:

Team SuperNoma
Collins Hill High School, Gwinnett County
Student: Johaer Jilani
Teacher: Bill Daly

Using machine learning, an app, SuperNoma, can be created to non invasively diagnose melanoma cancer. With this app, early detection can cause less deaths from melanoma.

Middle School Winners:

1st Place: 

Team Automatic Magnivision
JC Booth Middle School, Fayette County
Student: Marc Van Zyl
Teacher: Kathie Lanman

The Automatic Magnivision is a hands-free magnifying visor that is controlled by the wearer's gestures.  It is ideal for use when engaged in fine detail work, such as soldering a circuit board or delicate surgery. This device is an intuitive, automatic visor that is comfortable to wear, easy to use, and relatively inexpensive to produce.

2nd Place: 

Better Sound, Better Health
Dodgen Middle School, Cobb County
Student: Pooja Kanyadan

This device improves the quality of contact stethoscopes, specifically the "yellow" ones used in hospitals for very sick patients. Quality of sound in these  stethoscopes is poor.  The inspiration for this invention was a thunder drum, which conducts sound very well.

3rd Place (Tie): 

The Goodie
Amana Academy Charter School, Fulton County
Students: Daniel Barreto, Muhammed Zelmat, Inaya Ansari
Teacher: Ehab Jaleel

Many people resort to wearing surgical masks to purify the air they breath, but that's not cool. We seek a more convenient and fashionable solution. Since hoodies are becoming more popular--especially among youth-- we have designed a hoodie that features an air purification device and named it The Goodie!

Water Heater Sensor
Fulton Science Academy, Fulton County
Students: Ariana Islam, Karina Shah, Sarayu Reddy
Teacher: Yasin Kaya

We made a system which alerts customer to change their anode rod in their water heater. When the magnesium erodes to a certain point, the buzzer will make a loud sound. We also have a green light which indicates battery level of the sensor. If the green light is on, the system is up and running. 


Elementary School Winners:

1st Place:

The WatchMi
Due West Elementary School, Cobb County
Students: Liam Hannah, Henry Kirkland, Harrison Williams
Teacher: Kirsten Perla

The WatchMi ® locates children when they are lost by incorporating a GPS within the core of the watch. The WatchMi ® can be located at home or at any other location by a parent or another guardian.


2nd Place (Tie):

All-In-One Eraser
Addison Elementary, Cobb County
Students: Sydney Ma, Aiden Lynch, Jessica Dolph
Teacher: Sherreen Bahr

This is a dry eraser with the cleaning solution built into the eraser.

The Rainbow Tire
Davis Elementary, Cobb County
Students: Aria Christopher, Jack Duerre, Anisha Singh
Teacher: Nancy Parsons

This tire sensor will help prevent car problems and accidents by sensing when the tire pressure is too low.  The rainbow provides colors that match the problem and is easily visible.


3rd Place:

Lightning Shock Sticker Sensor
Mt. Bethel Elementary, Cobb County
Students: Christopher Corrao, Michael Muldoon, Jesse Niederjohn
Teacher: Julia Varnedoe

Thunder Shock Stickers are inexpensive adhesive G-force sensors that attach to sports helmets.  Clear sensors are located in the sticker that turn yellow when hit with a minimal force, and red when hit with a force that might result in a concussion.

Best K-2 Team:

Simply Care Bins
Kelly Mill Elementary, Forsyth County
Students: Walker Allinson, Kayden Sell
Teacher: Laura Fedorchuk

In a world that knows recycling is important, how can these 1st graders design special recycling bins for our downtown cities?  No recycling options in our downtown areas tell a story to residents and visitors.  These two 1st graders will change the world, one recycling bin at a time.

People's Choice Award:

Travel on Foot Roller
Matt Elementary School, Forsyth County
Student: Darby Graham
Teacher: Debi Carnaroli

 This device helps relieve cramps in feet and is targeted for dancers.

TAG Best Manufacturing Award:

Flex Fit
Grady High School, Fulton County
Students: Sam Toole, John Cetner
Teacher: Tonia Schofield

A new shoe design that will fold to fit many sizes of feet. It would be made for people who can't afford shoes every time their feet grow.

IronCAD Best use of CAD award:

East Coweta High School, Coweta County
Students: Jason Cho, Hyungjoon Jun
Teacher: Ann Ruhala

The lack of entry-level stabilizers for video filming is the problem that we tried to address. Considering that smartphones are becoming more and more popular as the choice of amateur filmmakers and casual hobbyists, we specifically designed Kistick for smartphones.