So much to celebrate this year! In spite of all the barriers to participation created by the pandemic, our teachers, students (and parents!) and judges came through – with over 180 inventors, representing 50 school and after school programs from all across California. Check out the list of participants and their inventions.
The Awards Ceremony was broadcast on April 23rd. Our thanks to our Premier Sponsor Maxim Integrated who produced the show for us. If you missed the awards ceremony or would like to view it again, here is the YouTube link. The video is 40 minutes.
The Merit Awards (click here for names) went to those inventors within each grade whose inventions showed great promise and effort.
The Industry Focus Awards (click here for names) honored one invention within each of 12 Industry categories. This year we have two sponsored awards – the Chevron 2021 Energy Award and the California State Railroad Museum 2021 Public Safety / Public Good Award. Our thanks to them both – and we hope to have even more industry sponsors next year!!
The three top awards are the Maxim Best in Show, Central Coast Patent Agency Most Marketable Invention, and The Eagan Family Foundtion Most Innovative Invention. Read about them below and in the column to the right.
Anish Bhethanabotla, 8th grade Independent Inventor, from San Jose for his invention: Advent – A comprehensive low cost automatic ventilator and vital signs monitorThe Problem: The number of people who die due to respiratory illnesses every year is 3 million, couple this with the fact Covid-19 death toll is 2.5 million and we can see the respiratory illness is a bad and ever growing problem all over the world. Mechanical ventilation provides optimized respiratory care for critically ill patients. However the average cost of an ICU ventilator is nearly 40,000 dollars which is too high a cost for low income or developing countries.
Anish’s Solution: ADVENT is a cost effective, reliable, and efficient device that can achieve the duel purpose of vital signs monitoring and automatic ventilation which works in both urban settings during a pandemic or rural settings where healthcare infrastructure is limited.
Anish will be receiving a $250 award from The Eagan Family Foundation. This award is given in honor of Gail Eagan – Educator, Principal, Superintendent – who helped begin a program of invention education for young students in Northern California, over thirty years ago, which has, today, evolved into the California Invention Convention.