Bayer/NSF Award for the Innovation Generation 1998-1999
Award for the Innovation Generation and $25,000 Christopher Columbus Foundation
At an awards ceremony held at Walt Disney World, three of the ten
finalist teams place first, second and third and receive $36,000 in savings
bonds for their winning entries in the Bayer/NSF Award for Community Innovation
program. The competition is geared toward middle school-age children, and
gives kids experience in solving real-life problems using the scientific
process of exploring, analyzing and drawing conclusions.
The ten teams are judged a second time for the practicality of implementing
their idea. The winning team receives the $25,000 Columbus Foundation
Community Grant to take back to their community to make their innovation
First Place - Eazy
Zap Cap - Cold Spring Harbor Middle School, Cold Spring Harbor,
Problem: Arthritis suffers and others have difficulty opening
Solution: Eazy Zap Cap is a device that allows containers to be opened
without bending afflicted joints.
Second Place - Pak
Rax - Millennium Middle School, Sanford, FL
Problem: Safety hazard of backpacks, instrument cases and other
items in the event of a bus accident.
Solution: The Pak Rax is an effective under-seat
storage system designed to hold loose items.
Third Place - S.O.S./Save
Our Songbirds - Antelope Crossing Middle School, Antelope Crossing,
Problem: Lunch scraps left in the schoolyard attracted both
predator and songbirds. The predator birds killed the songbirds which
are responsible for keeping the insect population under control.
Solution: An awareness program on the environmental
impact of leaving food scraps and how it impacts the
$25,000 Columbus Foundation Community Grant - Bus
Door Bust - Hadley E. Watts Middle School, Centerville, OH
Problem: Items getting caught in a school bus door.
Solution: Replacing the rubber door linings with bristles, which allow
items to pass through easily.