Established in 1994 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The Lemelson-MIT Program aims to honor established and aspiring inventors. The program works to bolster and celebrate inventors’ ingenuity, creativity, and innovation and works to fund projects they deem inspiring and community-serving. year, the program awards several grants to inventors. Included in the eligible recipients are “InvenTeams” groups of high school students who are promising inventors and working to address challenges in their own communities or around the world. These students work to create inventions to address many societal needs including alternative energy resources, aides for special needs community members, products to improve transportation safety and much much more.

Each year, The Lemelson-MIT Program hosts EurekaFest, a STEM-focused invention fair and conference to showcase the innovative results of the year’s InvenTeams efforts. While many of the inventions are still in the early stages of development and some may never make it to market, the showcase offers students a chance to demonstrate their ingenuity and learn to interact with and educate consumers and end-users.

This exciting event also serves to inspire the next generation of up and coming inventors.

This year there were a number of exciting inventions. Six of the most intriguing included:

  • Automated robotic vehicular independence system — Beaver Country Day School (Chestnut Hill, Mass.)
  • Emotive aid for combating autism — Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (Alexandria, Va.)
  • Pedestrian alert system — Newton North High School (Newton, Mass.)
  • Solar egg incubator — Henry M. Gunn High School (Palo Alto, Calif.)
  • Solar egg incubator — Henry M. Gunn High School (Palo Alto, Calif.)
  • Ice search and rescue ROV — Natick High School (Natick, Mass.)

To view videos of these inventions and the students who created them, click here.

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