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The Da Vinci Science Center Announces Patent Lab Award Winner

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Contact: caroline.scutt@nulldavincisciencecenter.org

ALLENTOWN, Pa.—The Da Vinci Science Center is pleased to announce that 11-year-old Logan Rodriguez is the most recent winner of the Patent Lab Most Patentable Invention award.  Logan’s invention is a wearable device to assist people with respiratory therapy, inspired by his younger brother.

Logan participated in the Science Center’s inaugural Young Inventors: Patent Lab program in the spring of 2020, in which a small, select group of students from the fall 2020 Young Inventors: Idea Lab program learned how to develop and draft patents.  Both Idea Lab and Patent Lab are the successors to the Science Center’s longstanding Inventor’s Lab program. The Patent Lab inventions were judged by patent attorney James R.McDaniel, Lafayette College professor Dr. James Dearworth, and Inventor’s Lab program founder Dr. Frank K. Schweighardt; students in the program were mentored by Nigel Sanders, Jason Ploeger, Patricia Pietrobon, Gail Marsella and James Batug.

Logan, who is homeschooled, is the son of Ivette Andino and Randall Rodriguez of Nazareth, PA.   As the winner of the Most Patentable Invention award, Logan will receive pro bono assistance from Mr. McDaniel to develop and file a provisional patent for his idea.  Logan can then file for a full patent for his idea; hopefully, he will join the growing number of Da Vinci Science Center’s program participants who have gone on to earn full patents for their ideas from the program.

“We are so proud of Logan’s accomplishment,” said Kate Heflin, the Young Inventors program coordinator.  “He exemplifies the mission of the Science Center – to bring science to life and lives to science – and we are excited to see what he is inspired to do next.”

About The Da Vinci Science Center
The Da Vinci Science Center is a national award-winning non-profit science center that has been bringing science to life and lives to science for more than 20 years. Da Vinci Science Center experiences make science fun and approachable, helping to connect people of all ages and backgrounds with the wonders of science and engages more than 150,000 participants annually with its exhibits, programs, events, and partnerships. To learn more about these and other programs, visit www.davincisciencecenter.org and follow them on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter. 

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