clarksburg high team chosen to develop something new

clarksburghs1This 2008-2009 school year, sixteen teams of high school students, teachers, and mentors will be given the opportunity to develop their problem solving skills in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Students at Clarksburg High School were one of the schools throughout the country to be represented as a student think tank called an “InvenTeam.” This science fair on steroids, called Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams, works with student teams, not individuals.

The team received a grant of $9,000 dollars to develop their idea.

InvenTeams will seek advice from community experts. Local companies, including Texas Instruments, will advise the students. Hopefully they will receive funding and equipment from local sources. A DC law firm is helping with the legal aspects.

Each applicant high school proposed a technological innovation.  It is assumed that the work groups do not already have a solution to their proposal. Clarksburg proposed developing a pressure-sensitive illuminated computer cable. What the heck is this?

According to the school’s press release, this so called Torch Cord, used in place of a regular computer cable, temporarily lights up when touched. Among a gaggle of cables, it allows the user to determine the path of a tangled cable.

And it’ll look really cool around Christmas time.

Students are encouraged to seek out mentor relationships with established professionals from industry, academia, and municipalities in their communities, in addition to working with fellow classmates and their teachers.

In June 2009, the InvenTeams will showcase their inventive accomplishments at EurekaFest, a multi-day celebration of the inventive spirit presented by the Lemelson-MIT Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus in Cambridge, Mass.

To learn more about the Clarksburg High School Inventor’s Club project, visit the group’s Web site at


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