Greenon High School’s InvenTeam. CONTRIBUTED

Greenon High School invention team receives $9,000 grant from Lemelson-MIT Program

Greenon High School’s InvenTeam will receive a $9,200 grant from the Lemelson-MIT Program, which celebrates outstanding inventors and inspires young people to pursue careers through invention.

InvenTeams are comprised of students, teachers and community mentors and pursue a year-long invention project that involved creative thinking and problem-solving.

Greenon’s team is one of only 14 teams nationwide to receive the grant. The 12 students and five teachers will use the money to explore options to safely reduce the amount of man-made debris that exists within the Mad River and its tributaries, a statement from the district said.

“This is an incredible opportunity for our Greenon Knights to work on a project that will address an environmental issue facing our local community with the help and expertise of world-class experts,” said Superintendent Brad Silvus.

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The team’s current proposal for reducing the amount of man-made debris is to develop a net system that can be used to cover the end of the drain pipes that dump storm drain water, along with other items, directly into local waterways.

In addition to grant funding, the Clark County Engineer’s Office and Enon-based company Seepex Inc. have committed to supporting the project and will work with the team throughout the year.

Tony Perry, the Lemelson-MIT Program’s invention education coordinator who will work with the teams throughout the year, said this year’s projects demonstrate the dedication of students to make a positive impact in the world through invention.

“The InvenTeams will help solve major problems in areas such as environmental sustainability, regional food harvesting and healthy living,” Perry said.

Greenon and other InvenTeam’s will showcase their finished invention at EurekaFest, an invention celebration, in June of 2020 at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington D.C.

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