Sealed Air Pops The Seal On Bubble Wrap Contest, 2009-2010
One of the yearly invention competitions that kids really get into is the Bubble Wrap Competition for Young Inventors. Out of 2500 entries to the fourth Bubble Wrap contest, Sealed Air, the inventor and manufacturer of Bubble Wrap, has announced 3 finalists and 12 semi-finalists in the 2009-2010 competition. The neat thing for kids and grownups is that you can make them yourselves!
The three finalists...
Smart Toilet, Finalist
MaryAnn Bulawa, a 14-year-old from Ava, NY, invented the Smart Toilet, a device that attaches to a toilet to help conserve energy and water.
Fridge Guard, Finalist
The Fridge Guard was invented by Jared Mann, a 13-year old from Chistiansburg, VA. The Guard acts as a curtain that can be made for any refrigerator to help conserve energy.
Petri Bubbles, Finalist
Matthew Huber, a 13-year-old from St. Peter, MN, invented Petri Bubbles, a Bubble Wrap petri dish that offers a very inexpensive alternative to laboratory petri dishes.
The finalist inventions are very clever, but so are those of the semi-finalists! I would not like to have been a judge. Here's just one of the 12 semi-finalists...
Bubble Debruiser, Semi-Finalist
Eric Baker, 11, from Longwood FL, invented the Bubble Debruiser to keep fruit from being bruised when it falls from a tree. He's made a working model and a small-scale model of his invention.
The winner of the 2009-2010 Bubble Wrap Competition for Young Inventors will be announced on May 22, 2010 at an awards ceremony. The top prize is a $10,000 savings bond. The three finalists will all get a free 3-day trip to New York City, plus the second and third place winners will receive bond for $5,000 and $3,000 respectively.
Definitely check out the other very clever semi-finalist's inventions. They may give you some ideas for DIY projects!