Kennesaw Mountain High School Magnet Students are headed to Georgia Tech
The Cobb County Magnet Schools encourage students to actively participate in a wide range of academic competitions. This year, students from the Kennesaw Mountain High School Magnet Program have been participating in the InVenture Prize, the largest invention competition in the United States. This particular competition was created to encourage K-12 students to identify real-world problems and test solutions through careful analysis, creativity, and use of the scientific method. The mission for InVenture is to develop the next generation of engineers and entrepreneurs by making invention education accessible to students and teachers throughout the state of Georgia. Throughout the process, participating students are exposed to many aspects of both engineering and entrepreneurship.
The Academy of Mathematics, Science, and Technology at Kennesaw Mountain High School is nationally recognized for curricular innovation, and features a broad-based accelerated curriculum. This AdvancEd STEM and GA STEM Certified Program offers AP opportunities in mathematics, physical sciences, life sciences, and computer sciences- all of which include extensive laboratory experiences. All freshmen in the Magnet Program at Kennesaw Mountain High School participated in the Georgia Tech K-12 Inventure Prize this year. Students began working in teams last fall to identify problems in their everyday world. After coming to a consensus about a specific problem to attack, students read current research and other publications to identify the types of solutions currently available. Students then designed something different than what is currently available and built a prototype of their solution. Each team created a marketing video for their product and submitted it to Georgia Tech. Each idea was reviewed by students and faculty from Georgia Tech. Students received feedback and incorporated that feedback into their design process. In February, approximately 40 teams competed at the Kennesaw Mountain High School Inventure Challenge. The winning team is pictured above next to the poster for their new product, the Stress Scrunchie.
There are thousands of students taking part in this program each year throughout the state of Georgia. The winning project from the Academy of Mathematics, Science, & Technology earned a spot in the upcoming K-12 State Finals. The state level competition will be held at Georgia Tech on March 13th. It is an honor to be invited to the State Finals and it could also be the gateway to a nationwide competition. The InVenture Prize is the qualifying event for teams to earn the right to represent the state of Georgia at the National Invention Convention & Entrepreneurship Expo (NICEE). We wish these students the best of luck as they head of to compete at Georgia Tech!
Sarah Kessel, Supervisor
K-12 Advanced Learning
Contributing Author: Andrew Kutscher, Consultant