Our Young Inventors program has received a good deal of news coverage this summer. Stories have appeared on Fox 29 News in Philadelphia, The Morning Call in Allentown, and The Chesterfield Observer in Virginia.
The program provides students in grades 5-8 the opportunity to explore the invention process through hands-on activities and presentations led by professional scientists and engineers. One student is selected each year to prepare and file a provisional patent and subsequently a full U.S. Patent application with pro bono technical and legal assistance.
So far, five students have received seven full patents for their inventions.
Hayden Schmidt, of Macungie, Pa., has earned two full patents for inventing an electronic circuit breaker tagging system. He was recently featured in the Philadelphia news.
Thomas Theiner, of Midlothian, Va. and formerly of Orefield, Pa., received a full patent for his improved competition or trick yo-yo. He was covered in a Virginia newspaper.