LCSN: NM student inventions showcase innovation during Las Cruces event

March 1, 2013. Retrieved online March 4, 2013 from Lindsey Anderson, Las Cruces Sun-News

LAS CRUCES — A lawn mower bike. A solar-powered dog house. An automatic spray bottle. A car seat that alerts drivers if a baby is left in the vehicle.

Student inventions took over the Las Cruces Convention Center lobby Friday afternoon as more than 30 teams from 15 middle and high schools across the state competed in the 2013 Innoventure competition.

The contest, hosted by NMSU’s Arrowhead Center, asked students to redesign the way everyday objects function and make them run on solar power, human power or other forms of energy.

“If people aren’t constantly trying to think of a better way to do things … our country would stop moving,” said Ruidoso High School senior Caroline Allen, part of the first-place high school team.

Her Innewvations group designed a car seat with a pressure sensor to alert a driver to a child still strapped in the chair. A key chain attachment lights up if weight is still in the chair when the driver exits.

First-place middle school team Green Goes from Anton Chico Middle School south of Las Vegas, N.M., created a lawn mower bike.

The mower, made of recycled parts and attached to the rear of the bike, promotes health and fitness and doesn’t require gas, seventh grader Antonio Sanchez said.

Projects were judged on components such as the idea, feasibility, presentation and business plan.

Innovative ideas

Overall winners for the 2013 Innoventure competition:

Middle School

  • 1st place: Green Goes – Anton Chico Middle School
  • 2nd place: Ylectronics – Tony Hillerman Middle School
  • 3rd place: Bedtime Brights – PR Leyva Middle School

High School

  • 1st place: Innewvations – Ruidoso High School
  • 2nd place: NIT-Industries – Portales High School
  • 3rd place: Trojan Works – Mayfield High School

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