Midwest City, Okla. – The grand prize winner of the 27th annual Inventor’s Exposition, held at Rose State College, was Tobias Acree, 5th grade student at Poteau Upper School. Tobias’s invention was the Child Seat Safety In Case of Emergency (ICE) Kit to be used with car seats. The idea came from an article his Nana read to him. It was an interview with a first responder who indicated first responders do not have important information needed to treat minors in motor vehicle crashes. The first responder said it would be helpful if there was a way to know blood type, allergies, emergency contact information, etc. to give the best care possible. The invention went through two designs and the final design is a car seat harness attachment with a pocket for the necessary information and a Velcro closure for ease of installation and removal. While the product is designed for car seats, Tobias said, “It can easily be made larger to use with adult seat belts.” The reward for winning grand prize came in the form of a cool trophy, as Tobias put it, and a cash award for him and his teacher.
The Oklahoma Student Inventors Exposition began in 1988 as a brain-child of Julian Taylor (inventor and entrepreneur), Betty J.C Wright (teacher), William Enter (inventor) and Bob Rhea (patent agent). The purpose of the organization is to foster creative, inventive children who use their critical thinking skills to solve everyday problems.
While the grand prize can only go to one student inventor overall, 13 others were given accolades for winning their divisions.
Cooper Anderson – Nichols Hills Elementary, 5th grade
Caden Taylor – Quail Creek Elementary, 4th grade
Thomas Cheek - Quail Creek Elementary, 4th grade
Brendan Rodgers - Bethany Elementary, 7th grade
Ryan Schober - Heritage Trails Elementary, 4th grade
Aiden Todd – Nichols Hills Elementary, 3rd grade
Makayla Johnson – Quail Creek Elementary, 4th grade
Laura Farris – Grove Elementary, 8th grade
Hailey Treat – Poteau Upper School, 5th grade
Emmah Lonebear – Andrew Johnson Elementary, 5th grade
Nate Doshier – Poteau Elementary, 3rd grade
Nicholas Stark – Heritage Trails Elementary, 4th grade
Graysen Waddle – Heritage Trails Elementary, 4th grade
The Inventors Exposition is sponsored by Julian Taylor, Betty J.C. Wright, Taylor Valve Technology, Rose State College, Oklahoma Patent Attorneys and Patent Agents and the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology. Stay up to date with latest developments on the 28th Inventors Exposition at http://okstudentinventors.org/.
Photo cutline: Grand prize winner Tobias Acree with his winning invention – The Child Seat Safety In Case of Emergency (ICE) Kit.
About Rose State College:
Rose State College is a community college offering more than 60 degree and skilled-occupational programs conveniently located seven minutes from downtown Oklahoma City. www.rose.edu