Sealed Air Corp. (Elmwood Park, N.J.) is launching the second annual Bubble Wrap competition for young inventors. Sponsored by Sealed Air and administered by the National Museum of Education, the contest asks students in grades five through eight to “think outside the bubble” by creating their own invention.
Entries must incorporate clear Bubble Wrap cushioning and include a visual and written description explaining the name of the invention, its purpose, how it works and how the idea was formulated.
The grand-prize winner will receive a $10,000 savings bond, and the second- and third-place winners will receive $5,000 and $3,000 savings bonds, respectively.
Deadline for entries is Nov. 1. On Nov. 12, 15 semi-finalists will be announced, and of those, three will be named finalists. The finalists will be awarded a three-day trip to New York. On Jan. 28 in New York, the grand-prize winner will be congratulated as part of Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day.
“Last year's competition, which generated nearly 800 entries from 38 states, featured an array of really creative inventions that ranged from the fun and wacky to the scientific and serious,” said Rohn E. Shellenberger, business manager of air cellular products at Sealed Air. “With a little less than two months before the judging begins, we’re getting very excited about seeing what kinds of inventions students dream up this year.”
More information can be found at www.BubbleWrapCompetition.com.