We’re back in Durham and have recovered from our outstanding trip to the Lemelson-MIT EurekaFest 2010! We’ve had some outstanding media opportunities recently with Discovery.com and the EPA’s blog (click on the picture above). We’ll be getting back to work soon and will be posting more video from our time in Boston. Keep checking in!
Driving home today. We cannot describe how thankful we are to have been a part of this awesome process known as InvenTeams. Thank you to all of those who have supported us this year, including the Durham Community, our donors, and the Lemelson-MIT Program. We’ve made memories that will last us a lifetime and we will remember all the people/groups that helped us. Thank you again!
Today EurkeaFest took over the Boston Museum of Science. All of the students were split into 25 groups and asked to design a wind-powered machine that could raise a trashcan. Vincent’s team, “Safety Stripe,” took first place (see video above). Victor’s team was 2nd and Pearlie’s won “Most Splendid Failure” after their machine blew away when the fans turned on. :) We have our closing “cookout” a little while from now and then we trek back to Durham tomorrow!
This afternoon we made our formal presentation at EurekaFest 2010! Our team did a great job! The scariest moment was during the Q&A (pictured above) when the Lemelson-MIT $100,000 prize-winner Dr. BP Agrawal asked our students if they had considered tapping biological systems (such as Sequoya Trees water transfer) to move water instead of using a pump to water the plants. With all of us nervous, Vincent answered, “If you can dream it, it is possible.” Roaring laughter and applause as that ended our presentation! :) We have gallery presentations tonight.
After a great sight-seeing trip on the way, we’ve finally arrived at MIT proper. We spent this afternoon practicing for tomorrow’s big presentation and then had a wonderful “welcome dinner” where we met the other teams. After dinner we had a design challenge (see our Photo Gallery) that got us into our engineering mindsets. More practice tonight before the big day!