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Lemelson-MIT Program salutes high school inventors

The Lemelson-MIT Program said Wednesday that it has invited 16 teams of high school inventors to its EurekaFest event, where students will have a chance to showcase their inventions.

The program calls this initiative InvenTeams, and its goal to engage students through invention projects that focus on STEM-subjects – science, technology, engineering, and math.

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Noting a continuing gender gap in employment in STEM fields, the Lemelson-MIT Program added that it is awarding grants of up to $10,000 to three all-girl schools that were among the 16 selected to participate in next June’s EurekaFest.

According to the Lemelson-MIT Program, its mission is to celebrate outstanding innovators and to inspire young people to pursue creative lives and careers through invention. The program was founded by prolific inventor Jerome H. Lemelson and his wife, Dorothy, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1994.

Among some of the inventions proposed by this year’s crop of high school teams is a bacteria-powered battery and an ozone water purification system.

Several teams from Massachusetts are among the 16 that have been invited to the EurekaFest.

They include Beaver Country Day School of Chestnut Hill. This team worked on an automated robotic vehicular system that aims to help people with disabilities.

A team from Natick High School looked to devise a remotely operated vehicle that can perform search and rescue missions on ice.

Newton North High School students came up with a pedestrian alert system, and a team from Sturgis West Charter Public School West in Hyannis focused on a transporters that can be used for rescuing marine mammals.

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