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The winner of the 2017 Inventors Lab showcase, Hayden Schmidt of Macungie, Pa., has been granted a U.S. Patent.
Hayden participated in the Science Center’s Inventors Lab program at the age of 12 in the 2016-17 school year and invented a circuit breaker tagging system. He drew on personal experience helping his father work around the house and looked for a solution to the problem of identifying electrical circuit breakers and the circuits they control. Hayden created a new system using field communication tags that are embedded in plastic holders attached to the back sides of switch and outlet cover plates. These tags store information electronically and directly on the circuit that needs to be identified.
“We couldn’t be more proud of Hayden,” said Dr. Frank Schweighardt, former Da Vinci Science Center Trustee and founder of the Inventors Lab program. “Earning a U.S. Patent takes a tremendous amount of creativity and dedication. It truly is an extraordinary accomplishment.”
For the past two and a half years, Hayden has worked with patent attorney, James R. McDaniel, Esq., who donated his time and services, to file the necessary applications. The patent was approved by the United States Patent and Trademark Office at the first review. Hayden is currently working with his brother, as co-inventor, on a second patent for the software required for his circuit identifier system.
Hayden plays in the Emmaus High School orchestra and cello ensemble and throws javelin for the high school track team. Outside of school, Hayden is a Life Scout working towards his Eagle rank in Troop 131. He and his two older brothers have run a small lawn mowing business in Macungie for the past four years. Hayden hopes to become a robotic or aerospace engineer.
In recognition of his achievements, the Science Center presented Hayden with its Young Inventor Award at the 20th Anniversary Hall of Fame Awards Gala in April.
More than 240 students have developed ideas in the program, and now, eight showcase winners have submitted provisional and full US patent applications. Hayden is the fifth student to have earned a full patent.