Bayer/NSF Award for the Innovation Generation 2000-2001
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. The competition is geared toward middle
school-age children, and gives kids experience in solving 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 - Hot
Rot - Bexley Middle School, Bexley, OH
Problem: Wasted heat from composte piles.
Solution: Development of
a prototype system for heating water using "compost
Second Place - IllumaCoach -
Saddle Brook Middle School, Saddle Brook, NJ
Problem: Difficulties of deaf students
participating in sports.
Solution: Invented a new
communication system to assist deaf students competing
on local soccer teams.
Third Place - Clean
Smilers - Davis Drive Middle School, Apex, NC
Problem: Clean teeth for kids with braces.
Solution: Perfected a toothbrush
to clean in the nooks and crannies of braces.
$25,000 Columbus Foundation Community Grant - Rez
Protectors, Pretty Eagle Catholic School, Mt. Xavier, MT
Problem: Housing shortage on their Crow
Solution: Efficient and economical
way to use straw in building
durable, well-insulated, and moisture resistant houses.