Impact Spotlights

Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams Showcase Inventions 
at Third White House Science Fair

June 12, 2013

On April 22, 2013, President Obama hosted the third White House Science Fair celebrating the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country. Nearly 100 students from across the country attended the fair. Many of those students, including students from three Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams presented their work to the President.

The Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam initiative inspires a new generation of inventors by engaging students in creative thinking, problem-solving and hands-on learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Each selected team receives a grant of up to $10,000 to bring their inspirational invention ideas to life.

The Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam Exhibitors:

  • The Williamston High School InvenTeam of Williamston, Michigan exhibited their Offshore Rip Current Alert (ORCA) system which aims to reduce the number of drowning deaths from rip currents in the Great Lakes. ORCA features a buoy equipped with a mechanical flow meter to detect current speeds, and an alarm to alert swimmers when dangerous conditions are present.
  • The Northeast High School InvenTeam of Oakland Park, Florida invented a portable, bicycle-powered emergency water sanitation station. The eco-friendly system uses cloth filtration and an ozone sanitizer to eliminate pathogens like E. coli from contaminated water. The invention provides 20-30 individuals with 4 liters of drinking water and enough bathing water for five people in a 15-hour period.
  • The Bishop Kelly High School InvenTeam of Boise, Idaho invented the MagWrite and MagMouse devices that reduce the effects of various tremors in the hand and forearm when writing, drawing or using a computer mouse. The devices enable persons with tremor conditions to write more accurately and use a computer mouse by damping the tremors, which affect their fine motor control.

The Lemelson-MIT Program was founded in 1994 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology by Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson in order to celebrate outstanding innovators and inspire young people to pursue creative lives and careers through invention. The program is funded by The Lemelson Foundation and administered by the School of Engineering.