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2017 Arts & Leisure Division

First Place Winner Arts & Leisure (awarded $1000):

Parker Frye – Grade 7 – South Lyon, MI – LIBERTY: The Sum of Our Parts



Excerpts from Parker’s essay: “The purpose of my artwork is to create an image that can only be seen if you look at it in a certain way, with the added challenge of using rubber bands for the sculptures. Things are not always as they appear. Individually, my sculptures look like a bunch of mismatched junk, but when they are lined up correctly and a light is directed at them, a shadow image of the Statue of Liberty can be seen. The theme of my artwork is that liberty in America is the sum of our parts, and that it takes all kinds of people and all kinds of backgrounds and experiences to complete our country…The Statue of Liberty represents knowledge and freedom from tyranny and oppression, and the torch represents knowledge and the light it brings to people. America promises freedom to everyone – all different groups, all different colors. My sculptures are made from just about every color of rubber band available, but when the lights go out and the shadow appears, color no longer matters.”


Runner-Up Arts & Leisure (awarded $800):

Gabriel DeGuire – Grade 8 – St. Louis, MO – Stretching Your Vision



Excerpts from Gabriel’s essay: “My piece is based on how your life or ‘vision’ can be clouded by unimportant things and you lose sight of what is truly important. Almost everyone goes through troubles at some point and finds it hard to see the light in a situation because of all the frustration you go through. Sometimes it’s necessary to ‘stretch’ your sight and to put all of those problems to the side. That’s why my artwork is called Stretching Your Vision…The black rubber bands represent the frustrations and complications in life which cause you to lose sight of what’s important. The white rubber bands spell out ‘Life’, however you are only able to see this feature from a specific angle, as from any other angle the black rubber bands block it.”


Remaining Finalists Arts & Leisure (each awarded $350):

  • Ava Brunty – Grade 8 – Ravenna, OH – A Journey through Executive Dysfunction
  • Isabella Cambareri – Grade 8 – Ravenna, OH – The Model
  • Joshua DiFulvio – Grade 7 – Las Vegas, NV – Life
  • Drake Duncan – Grade 8 – Ravenna, OH – The Music Crate


2017 Science & Engineering Division

First Place Winner Science & Engineering (awarded $1000):

Tyler Walter – Grade 6 – Altamonte Springs, FL – Rubber Band Powered Electromagnetic Generator



Essay excerpt: “My invention uses Faraday’s law to generate power. The formula of Faraday’s law works like this: current x voltage = power. In other words, Faraday’s law of induction is a basic law of electromagnetism predicting how a magnetic field will interact with an electric circuit to produce an electromotive force (EMF) – a phenomenon called electromagnetic induction. Did you know that every single power station uses an electromagnetic generator system to make the electricity? Actually, it’s true! They just use different methods of spinning the magnets. Mine will use the elastic potential energy of rubber bands that when released will spin the magnets very fast…The purpose of my invention is to generate electricity that’s clean and inexpensive for powering businesses and homes. In 3rd world countries, they don’t have access to electricity. If each house had my invention they could power their house and provide artificial light after dark. It’s impractical for use in a large power plant unfortunately, but it could give people more options other than solar to use to generate their own power.”


Runner-Up Science & Engineering (awarded $800):

Mark Leschinsky – Grade 5 – Mahwah, NJ – One-Pill-No-Spill Medicine Bottle



Essay excerpt: “More than 10 million people worldwide are living with Parkinson disease. My grandmother is one of these people. Parkinson disease is a chronic and progressive movement disorder. One of the symptoms of Parkinson disease is hand tremor or shaking. Doing simple everyday tasks becomes very difficult, especially when precise hand movements are necessary, such as taking pills out of the pill bottle. Since the hands are shaking, the pills are very easily spilled. My invention is used to prevent pills spilling out of the pill bottle. It can help my grandmother and other people suffering from hand tremor…One-Pill-No-Spill Medicine Bottle is similar to the average pill bottle, but it has a flexible plastic sheath on the bottle opening, attached with a rubber band to the neck of the bottle. The purpose of this plastic sheath is to trap the pills, preventing them from spilling. The other end of the plastic sheath is attached with another rubber band at the cap part of the medicine bottle. This creates a small opening, secured by the rubber band. This second rubber band is a critical part of my invention, since it holds the pill at the opening and prevents it from coming out by itself. A small effort is needed to push the pill past this rubber band to exit the bottle. My invention will help people with Parkinson disease or any other diseases involving hand tremor/shaking become more independent and improve their self esteem.”


Remaining Finalists Science & Engineering (each awarded $350):

  • Meghan Bhanoo – Grade 7 – Chagrin Falls, OH – Rubber Rebounder
  • John Kellis – Grade 6 – Chagrin Falls, OH – Rubber Band Bowling
  • Joseph Renfrow – Grade 8 – Warrensburg – [Insert Pun Here]
  • Madeleine Williams – Grade 7 – Chagrin Falls, OH – The Paw Spa


2017 Top 4 Schools with the Most Entries

Each school will be awarded a donation of $250 for their achievement:

  • Eagle Ridge Middle School – Virginia
  • St. Joan of Arc – Ohio
  • Holy Trinity – Ohio
  • St. Mary School Chardon – Ohio

CONGRATULATIONS to this year’s winners, runners-up, and finalists.

View all of their entries in our 2017 Finalist Invention Gallery

A special thank you goes out to each student that entered this year’s contest. Thank you for your hard work and for sharing your creativity with us.

Thank you to all of the teachers, parents, and mentors who helped our students along the way. And thank you to our judges for their time.

Thank you to our 2017 sponsor:

Rubber Division, American Chemical Society

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