Finalists in Bubble Wrap Competition for Young Inventors

Sealed Air Corporation (Danbury, Conn.), creator of Bubble Wrap brand cushioning, announced three finalists in the first Bubble Wrap Competition for Young Inventors.

The competition, which encouraged students in grades 5 through 8 throughout the United States to demonstrate their creativity and ingenuity by designing an invention that incorporated the use of Bubble Wrap cushioning, attracted nearly 800 entries from 38 states. Students were invited to submit original inventions along with a visual and written description that included the name of the invention, the purpose it serves, how it works and how the idea was formulated.

Submissions were judged in coordination with the National Museum of Education and ranked based on several criteria including originality, creativity, usefulness, benefit to society, marketability and feasibility, as well as overall presentation.

The three finalists, listed in alphabetical order, are:

• Alex Chalcraft, 13, Gilbert, Ariz. The Easy Check Chore Chart. A chore chart that embodies the fun of popping Bubble Wrap while engaging children to stay focused and complete their daily chores. The chart lists a series of weekly tasks and allows children to pop a bubble each time they complete a chore.

• Megan Guerrero, 13, San Angelo, Texas. The Empire State Building: A three-dimensional Construction Project. A creative work of art and clever architectural puzzle that presents a fun and educational way to learn about one of the world's most famous buildings. This three-dimensional puzzle uses custom-cut pieces of Bubble Wrap cushioning to build a 2.5 foot replica of the Empire State Building.

• Grayson Rosenberger, 14, Nashville, Tenn. Bubble Wrap Cosmetic Covering Shell for Artificial Legs in Developing Countries. A cost-effective, cosmetic skin covering for an artificial leg designed to conceal the prosthetic limb and create the appearance of muscle tone. This Bubble wrap cushioning-based alternative to much more expensive cosmetic coverings is intended to give a sense of self-confidence to prosthetic patients in developing countries.

"We commend and applaud the inventions of the nearly 800 students who entered this year's competition," said William V. Hickey, Sealed Air’s president and chief executive officer. "While determining the top finalists was quite a challenge for our panel of judges, three entries did stand out for their exceptional achievements in the areas of creativity, usefulness, benefit to society and feasibility. We look forward to announcing the grand prize winner on Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day, January 29th."

The grand prize winner will receive a $10,000 savings bond. The second and third place winners will receive $5,000 and $3,000 respectively in savings bonds.

The Bubble wrap Competition for Young Inventors is sponsored by Sealed Air and administered by the National Museum of Education. For additional information on Bubble wrap brand cushioning and the competition, visit www.bubblewrap.com.

Source: Press release Sealed Air Corp., www.sealedair.com.

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