Your Bubble Wrap could be worth thousands. There's only one catch - you can't pop it.
The creators of Bubble Wrap are sponsoring their annual Competition for Young Inventors to find the most creative use for their noisy plastic wrapping. The grand prize is a $10,000 savings bond. Second and third places get $5,000 and $3,000 savings bonds respectively.
The Bubble Wrap Competition encourages students in grades 5 through 8 to "think outside the bubble" and come up with something new. The idea can be fun, like last year's kite kit; or it can be life-changing, like the covering for prosthetic limbs invented two years ago.
Once you've found your invention somewhere outside the bubble, you need to write an essay about it, sketch it and take a picture or video of yourself using it. For full rules, visit the rules web page. It is sponsored by Sealed Air Corporation (the manufacturer) and the National Museum of Education.
Last year's winner invented a wallpaper to stimulate children with autism. She beat over 1,500 other students with entries like a shock-absorbing dance floor, a wrist cushion, a Braille teaching tool, a coin bank and even a 3D model of a DNA double helix. Wow.
Hurry up and get your idea in for this year's contest, because the deadline is Nov. 3.
If you become one of the three finalists, you'll be flown to New York City for three days, where one finalist will be awarded the grand prize at a ceremony on Jan. 26, National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day.
That's right, National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day. Mark your calendar.
sources: National Museum Of Education, Business-Opportunities Weblog, ABC News
Our Guest Blogger, Dustin Brady, is a reporter for the Sun News in Cleveland, Ohio.