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Meet Our Wouldn't It Be Cool If... Contest Finalists
In February, we asked kids ages 10-15 to enter our Wouldn’t It Be Cool If… contest by dreaming up cool, crazy invention ideas. More than 1,100 AWESOME ideas later, we’ve selected the kids that will move on in the competition. Meet our finalists:
Team KWOFF: Hannah Y. and Hon K. of Westlake, OH
Fifteen-year-olds Hannah and Hon entered our Wouldn’t It Be Cool If… contest as a team, submitting the idea “Bone Analyzer Kit.” The Westlake High School classmates came up with the idea after Hannah – who runs track – hurt her foot while jumping over a hurdle. This innovation would offer a safer alternative to x-rays as a means to detect broken bones.
Greyson M. of Indian Trail, NC
Greyson scored a finalist spot with his idea “Baby Safe Rider,” a solution for preventing infant and toddler deaths due to vehicular hyperthermia — overheating in cars. This fifteen-year-old has dreams of attending University of North Carolina Charlotte and becoming an architect. From the looks of his well-crafted invention idea drawing – he’s off to a good start!
Kayla B. of Topeka, KS
Twelve-year-old Kayla – who plays the violin, loves listening to her iPod, and digs the Black Eyed Peas — submitted an invention idea inspired by her passion for music. Her “i-Stand” is an electronic music stand that loads up sheet music and music apps – like a virtual metronome, tuner, and audio recorder – to make playing and recording practice sessions easier.
Team Bronx Task Force: Emmie L., Jaime B. and Eileen F. of Bronx, NY
These twelve-year-old native New Yorkers, who compete on a FIRST Lego League team of the same name, entered the contest after being recruited by team leader Emmie. The trio was recognized as a finalist for their idea “A to Zinc Coffee.” These healthy coffee filters would infuse vitamins and antioxidants into everyday coffee, promoting improved immunity.
What’s next? On Wednesday April 25th, finalists will participate in a special event hosted by NY1 News’ Technology reporter Adam Balkin at the FIRST Robotics Championship in St. Louis, MO. Kids will pitch their ideas in-person to a group of esteemed guest judges: artist will.i.am, inventor Dean Kamen, Fahrenheit 212 President Mark Payne and PhD Student in Materials Chemistry Jasmin Hume. Judges will determine the grand prize winner.