Academy Places 5 Students in Top 10 of USF Young Innovator Finals

Academy at the Lakes’ students have experienced extraordinary success in the USF Young Innovator Competition. Results have included two overall grand prize champions (2013 and 2014), a 3rd place overall winner (2015), and a Trademark Award Winner (2014).

This year was no different.

Academy students make up 5 of the Top 10 finalists selected from over 700 entries.

Students work closely with Mrs. Elizabeth Magnusson, 5th and 6th Grade Science Instructor, to perfect their projects and sales pitches in anticipation of Invention Convention held in the Academy Gym on Tuesday, Dec. 8. From there, students submitted their projects to the USF Young Innovators Competition. Mrs. Magnusson was recognized as one of the Top Teacher Participants for 2016 with 51 submitted inventions by students.

The 5 Academy finalists in the USF Young Innovators Competition are:

  • Angelina Bernard, 6th Grade, Chit Chatz – The Social Communication App for Smart Phones
  • Sam Lowry, 6th Grade, P.H.D. Prevention of Heatstroke and Death, a device to monitor the temperature in cars.
  • Denzyl Downing, 8th Grade, The Perfect Shot, a training device for jump shooting
  • Bobby Pesch, 8th Grade, The Expandable Shoe
  • Carter Brink, 6th Grade, The Spauce Boss, a dissolving saucing spice spoon

To learn more about Invention Convention and Academy’s history participating in the USF Young Innovator Competition, visit our blog.



On Thursday, Feb. 11 our Top 5 Finalists presented at the USF Young Innovators Competition. Denzyl Downing won 2nd Runner Up (third place overall). He won $250 for Academy and $250 for himself. He also won an iPad from Home Shopping Network.

Carter Brink won the Outback Top Trademark Award. He was given a trophy and gift card to Outback.

The students were also given some great prizes from Home Shopping Network. Carter Brink was given Beats Solo 2, Sam Lowry received a Garmin GPS, and Angelina Bernard received a Polaroid camera.

All of the ten finalists were given a family membership to MOSI.

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