Bright Spark Spotlight: Honoring the 2017 Invention Challenge Winner & Finalists!

 
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This month, Bright Spark, in partnership with Western Electric, was honored to present the 2017 Bright Spark Invention Concept Award during the 2018 SURGE Chattanooga event held at Chattanooga State College. The award presentation was the culmination of Bright Spark’s 2017 Invention Challenge where K-12 students put their ingenuity to the test by inventing solutions to everyday dilemmas.

The 2017 student finalists designed for a vast array of commonplace problems. Gathering together to present their designs, our brightest inventors showcased their ideas to fellow competitors, families, teachers, and our esteemed judges, including:

  • Allison Reedy, Chief Operating Officer of Co.Lab
  • Jayne Griffin, Director of Education of Creative Discovery Museum
  • Kristen Burrus, eLab Specialist of CSAS

It was an exciting day that left us all inspired! Check out what the press had to say.

Our 2017 Invention Challenge Winner is Drew Snyder from Westwood Elementary School.

Drew's idea, Easy Basketball Goal Lift, uses a bike pedal mechanism to enable anyone to move the goal up and down easily. His creativity in meeting a need won him the Invention Concept Award and the $500 prize, funded by Bridge Innovate and Western Electric. Congratulations, Drew! You inspired us to ignite innovation in our minds and to help others.
 

  (Left to Right) Bridge CEO & Bright Spark Founder Jenny Whitener; Drew Snyder, and teacher Martha Thomason
(Left to Right) Bridge CEO & Bright Spark Founder Jenny Whitener; Drew Snyder, and teacher Martha Thomason
  2017 Invention Challenge Winner Drew Snyder with his Easy Basketball Goal Lift invention.
2017 Invention Challenge Winner Drew Snyder with his Easy Basketball Goal Lift invention.


2017 Invention Challenge Finalists

We also want to take the opportunity to recognize each of our finalists for their wonderful work. These students delivered creative designs and are one reason why Bright Spark is able and excited to continue the Invention Challenge in 2018.
 

  Hands-Free Binoculars   Designed by Wells Wilkerson & Kate Harrison of Westwood Elementary School What problem does your invention solve? Many times people want to use binoculars, but need their hands free for other things (guns, walking sticks, food or drink, and drawing materials). The binoculars allow people to have their hands free so they can do two or three things at once. Straps can be adjusted.
Hands-Free Binoculars
Designed by Wells Wilkerson & Kate Harrison of Westwood Elementary School

What problem does your invention solve?
Many times people want to use binoculars, but need their hands free for other things (guns, walking sticks, food or drink, and drawing materials). The binoculars allow people to have their hands free so they can do two or three things at once. Straps can be adjusted.
  Booster Boot   Designed by Mikenley King, Ada Holloway, and Sydney Brown of Westwood Elementary School What problem does your invention solve? People who are slow will be able to get where they are going more quickly and without having to work out to get faster.
Booster Boot
Designed by Mikenley King, Ada Holloway, and Sydney Brown of Westwood Elementary School

What problem does your invention solve?
People who are slow will be able to get where they are going more quickly and without having to work out to get faster.
  Teleportation Backpack   Designed by Elizabeth Miller, Marcus Corbin, Trent Waters, and Carter Bruce of Rock Spring Elementary School What problem does your invention solve? Getting to school late. That you can't travel to another place but you want to go there. Getting somewhere on time and you can go fast.
Teleportation Backpack
Designed by Elizabeth Miller, Marcus Corbin, Trent Waters, and Carter Bruce of Rock Spring Elementary School

What problem does your invention solve?
Getting to school late. That you can't travel to another place but you want to go there. Getting somewhere on time and you can go fast.
  Ca-Brush   Designed by Alexia Gonzalez of Westwood Elementary SchoolWhat problem does your invention solve? The remote control brush would make it possible for the elderly (or anyone who is not capable of getting down on the floor) to deep clean their floors.
Ca-Brush
Designed by Alexia Gonzalez of Westwood Elementary School

What problem does your invention solve?
The remote control brush would make it possible for the elderly (or anyone who is not capable of getting down on the floor) to deep clean their floors.
  A&C Hoverer   Designed by Ayush Patel & Cross Land of Westwood Elementary School What problem does your invention solve? The hoverer allows you to move from place to place without having to worry about traffic and parking. It hovers above the ground (which eliminates the problem of difficult terrains) and it doesn't have wheels.
A&C Hoverer
Designed by Ayush Patel & Cross Land of Westwood Elementary School

What problem does your invention solve?
The hoverer allows you to move from place to place without having to worry about traffic and parking. It hovers above the ground (which eliminates the problem of difficult terrains) and it doesn't have wheels.
  YELP   Designed by Ash Perry of Chattanooga Christian School What problem does your invention solve? My puppy is not very well trained and runs away, so this fixes the problems of losing your dog, not seeing your dog in the dark, and helps train your dog.
YELP
Designed by Ash Perry of Chattanooga Christian School

What problem does your invention solve?
My puppy is not very well trained and runs away, so this fixes the problems of losing your dog, not seeing your dog in the dark, and helps train your dog.


Beginning in February 2018, the Invention Challenge will resume taking monthly submissions. Each month, the submission with the highest number of Facebook likes and shares will be declared a finalist. The group of finalists from each month will then be eligible for the 2018 Annual Best Overall Design Award for 2018. Stay tuned for more information from Bright Spark about for the next round of the competition soon!

A big part of Bridge Innovate's is about equipping leaders with innovative solutions and strategies for breakthrough ideas. As a spark of Bridge Innovate, Bright Spark trains and enables our community of students and educators to use design thinking. Bright Spark’s Design Competitions give students a platform to showcase their creativity, as well as connect them to industry leaders who are passionate about investing in the next generation of innovators.

If you or your organization is interested in partnering with us, sponsoring a student team, serving as a mentor or competition judge, or joining the competition please contact our Bright Spark Director, Mary Kim.