CCIU Invention Convention Winners Advance to the 2023 Raytheon Technologies Invention Convention U.S. Nationals
In May, the 2023 Chester County Intermediate Unit’s (CCIU) Invention Convention empowered students from across Chester County to showcase their creativity in an engaging competition. While there were many great inventions, one entry from Rohan Kapoor and Jack Reichert from Unionville High School was especially noteworthy. Their invention, the GoGreen Filter, is a patent-pending filter that addresses the pressing issue of vehicle emissions by converting carbon dioxide into oxygen through an innovative algae filtration system installed in exhaust pipes. The duo has since made it all the way to the 2023 Raytheon Technologies Invention Convention U.S. Nationals at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn, Michigan.
At the CCIU Invention Convention, students in grades 4-12 were tasked with crafting an invention that would benefit society and make the world a better place. The competition was comprised of three divisions: elementary, middle school and high school. To take part in the competition, students were required to produce a prototype and record a video pitch of their invention. Students could participate individually or on a team of up to three inventors.
Six entries from each division were selected as semifinalists, who then presented to a live panel at the CCIU on May 15. The top three finalists from each division were awarded a cash prize.
Diane Thomson, a program development and support coordinator for the CCIU, oversaw the competition and shared her thoughts after the successful event. “The Invention Convention is a competition where creativity is unleashed and innovation takes flight,” Thomson said. “It is a platform for students' ideas to transform into reality and enables them to become extraordinary inventors.”
The Invention Convention was sponsored by CCRES Educational and Behavioral Health Services and the Chester County Economic Development Council, organizations committed to the educational and economic growth of our community. We look forward to seeing another talented crop of inventors for next year’s competition!