‘Young Edison’ Students Winners Announced

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The annual Edison Universe Student Innovation Contest concluded in May with the announcement of two ‘Young Edison’ students from the CAPS program. CAPS stands for the Center for Advanced Professional Studies and is a nationally recognized high school program that fully immerses students in a professional culture with personalized learning experiences solving real world problems.

Edison Universe is committed to inspiring educational institutions and supporting the business world. Motivated by Edison’s unique vision, unbridled optimism, and insatiable curiosity, Edison Universe is focused on nourishing the possibilities, opportunities and foundations of success to empower the imaginations and vision of tomorrow’s inventors and innovators.

Students from four states in the CAPS program entered their innovations for an opportunity to win an adventure trip to Costa Rica or Peru through G Adventures. Twenty-one students submitted their innovations, and in the end, two grand prize winners were selected. G Adventures is a small-group travel company and social enterprise that offers more purposeful travel.



by Nicholas Markels
Park City, UT

Quote: “Sporknife makes biodegradable single-use utensils affordable. Biodegradable plastics are more costly than regular plastics so companies don’t buy them. I made a utensil that uses a new manufacturing design to lower cost. Sporknife is made as a single unit that splits for use, similar to chopsticks.”



By Ashlyn Kennedy
Overland Park, KS

Quote: “Crybaby is a lightweight, child proof silicone bracelet and bluetooth parent app to help monitor your infant’s vitals, deliver immediate pediatric advice, determine your child’s needs when crying, and to keep track of events and appointments related to your child.”




Secure Facility Robotics
by Nathaniel Denham & Nicco Shaw
Peoria, AZ

Quote: “During active threats, school administrators/responders are confused as to the location/armament of the threat. We make our schools safer through small robotic surveillance that is ready instantly, adaptably, and efficiently to assess the threat.”


These student innovators brought to life Edison’s values by providing innovative solutions to problems displayed within their communities. Their adventure trip will provide experiential learning activities in other cultures to further inspire more innovation and passion for invention.

If you would like to assist student innovators through Edison Universe or learn more about the program, please visit our Edison Universe page, or contact Mary Odom for more details.


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