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Golden Mousetraps? What's That?

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Ann R. Thryft
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Examples from last year
Ann R. Thryft   10/25/2013 12:51:27 PM
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Here's a slideshow showing off last year's winners:
http://www.designnews.com/document.asp?doc_id=258732
And here are the finalists in each category:
http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1386&doc_id=257098
http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1386&doc_id=257097
http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1386&doc_id=257088
http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1386&doc_id=257084



jmiller
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Re: Examples from last year
jmiller   10/27/2013 9:23:00 AM
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A thought to design news. It might be kind of cool to add a kids category or a way for kids to get recognized for some of their cool inventions. It would be a good way to encourage youngsters to start thinking about growing up to become engineers like us.

a.saji
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Re: Examples from last year
a.saji   10/28/2013 12:42:12 AM
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@jmiller: Good point but what do you suggest ?

Jennifer Campbell
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Re: Examples from last year
Jennifer Campbell   10/28/2013 11:12:58 AM
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We like the way you think, jmiller. We strongly encourage kids to submit to our Gadget Freak section (which is free and offers $500 for cool inventions). We are also looking to include a student Rising Engineering Star Award, to coincide with our (adult) Rising Engineering Star/Golden Mousetrap program.

If you know of any youngsters who are worthy of this award, please nominate them! You can send me an email: jennifer.campbell@ubm.com.

Thanks!

 

 

 

jmiller
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Re: Examples from last year
jmiller   11/16/2013 4:49:24 PM
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I just read an article within the last 2 weeks about a boy who invented a sandbag out of a salt mixture that was lighter than sand.  When the water hits the salt it increases the weight and make a great barrier for holding out water.  Neat idea.  Here's the link.  

 

 

http://www.fastcoexist.com/3020697/this-brilliant-kid-invented-a-sand-less-sandbag-for-the-next-hurricane-sandy

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Charles Murray   10/28/2013 6:28:06 PM
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Many years ago, jmiller, Design News did exactly what you're suggesting. The winner was a boy who figured out a way to feed his goldfish remotely. He would call a phone, which would activate a shaker mechanism, which fed the fish. As I recall, he was only about 10-12 years old.

jmiller
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jmiller   11/16/2013 4:51:58 PM
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Very cool.  I am currently involved in the First Lego League which encourages young 4-Hers to think about problems and come up with solutions.  This years' challenge is Nature's Fury.  I can't wait to see what some of the teams come up with.  I think this would be a great thing for design news to look into co-sponsoring.

jmiller
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jmiller   11/16/2013 4:55:31 PM
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A few years back there was a group of girl scouts from Iowa that came up with a prosthitic hand for a little girl as a part of the First Lego League. It was really neat to see what they accomplished.  Here's a link to one of several articles.

 

 

 

http://ames.whotv.com/news/community-spirit/flying-monkey-girl-scouts-create-prosthetic-hand/44480

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One that didn't make it.
William K.   10/28/2013 12:00:40 PM
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Jennifer, Several years ago I wanted to submit a design that has not been brought to the product level yet. I have not gone after a patent because the design and it's varients could be a benefit to the poorer counties in the world, a general benefit to humanity. 

I still don't see a catagory for things not into production or commecialization.

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