11 Southwest Florida students honored at National Invention Convention

CAPE CORAL, Fla. – Out of 68 K-12 students from across the country, 11 students from the Cape Coral, Bonita Springs, Fort Myers and Naples areas won big at the seventh annual Raytheon Technologies Invention Convention .

Natalee Eaton, a kindergarten student from Cape Coral, placed second and won a kindergarten award and an accessibility award for her invention, “Mermaid Crayon Helper”. The invention prevents the new pencils from breaking and makes the short pencils easy to use.

Kurukulasuriya Fernando, an eighth grade student from Fort Myers, won first place, an eighth grade award, and the ITC Industry Energy award. The invention, called “Energy Metamorphosis”, converts wasted heat energy from cars into electricity.

Fort Myers sixth-grader Sara Chrysler won second place and a sixth-grade award for “The Ultimate Tennis Trainer.” The invention, in Sara’s words, was “designed to accelerate the development of correct tennis fundamentals”.

Sonia Patel, a tenth grade student from Bonita Springs, won first place, a tenth grade prize and the Stanley Black & Decker Make the World Award for the invention, “Silicone Eye Applanation Model” or SEAM The creation helps to train ophthalmology technicians and medical students to check eye pressure.

Fort Myers ninth grader Dhruva Sharma won first place, a ninth grade award, and the Avangrid Foundation’s Largest Sustainable Energy Award for inventing “En.Gen.Panels – A Fusion of piezoelectric and solar technology to optimize solar panels”. The panels solve the problem of solar power being interrupted by overcast skies or rain. The panels keep the flow of electricity constant no matter what the sky looks like.

Mehereen Chowdhury, a ninth grader from Fort Myers, won third place and a ninth grade award for “A protocol for the early detection of neurological conditions using eye movement data.” The invention is an application that people can use to diagnose neurological conditions without paying a lot of money.

Yusef Mujtaba, a tenth grade student from Fort Myers, won the Cantor Colburn Detroit patent application award for the invention “Power Walk: An Innovative Smart Athletic Shoe Using Thermoelectricity.” The shoe has GPS tracking and navigation for the blind. The sneaker aims to create electricity – even providing a power source capable of recharging electronic devices.

Aum Dhruv and Nicholas Harty, a pair of eleventh graders from Fort Myers, won first place, an eleventh grade award, and an environmental and social impact award for their invention, “VisionBound: Bridging the Gap Between technology and preventable retinal diseases”. Designed for people with diabetic retinopathy, the invention features a 30D lens that goes 3cm. away from the pupil of the eye associated with a high quality camera.

Caroline Guerra, an eleventh grader from Naples, won third place and the eleventh prize for “Generating bioplastics from banana peels: an innovative approach to reduce artificial plastic pollution”. The invention is an eco-friendly bioplastic made from banana peels.

Lucan Keyser, an eleventh grade student from Naples, won the WilmerHale patent application award for “Creating and testing the effectiveness of a biofouling removal tool on PVC coral nurseries in the Upper Florida Keys”. The invention is a tool that cleans biological fouling, such as algae, barnacles, sponges and fire corals from growing nursery trees.

It was the first in-person convention held since the pandemic. To view the awards ceremony, click here.