ANGOLA – Physical and art therapy companies and accessories to prevent damage to ports and cords for charging mobile phones won top prizes, as a record number of high school students participated in the annual Innovation Challenge of the University of Trin.
This year’s competition, held Feb. 9 at the Trine in campus, featured Trine innovation 1 and Fifth Third Bank, 53 students.
For the first time, the business division of the competition ended in a draw: Eleanor Young of St. John’s High School, Michigan, and Liti Munoz of Lakeland High School in Lagrange, won $ 750 each.
Young’s business concept, Extended Physical Therapy for Athletes, is a sports-focused holistic physiotherapy clinic located in northwestern Michigan. Young, who plans to attend Trine and complete the program on the university pre-physical therapy track, noted that of the 22 physiotherapy practitioners in the field, only one is dedicated to athletes, and none applies a holistic approach.
“Palate de Amor”, the concept of Munoz, is a platform for art therapy in Lagrange, created to benefit the mental health of its customers and help the environment, using wood, ceramics, recycled materials and ceramics from Mexico. Munoz also plans to study in Trinity and major in psychology.
“Amos and Samuel Café,” a concept by Lucy Cook’s coffee shop from Lakeland High School, received an honorary award. Haitian coffee will be served at a travel shop in Lagrange, and the proceeds will be used to fight child slavery in Haiti.
Star Dust, a student at the South Bend Career Academy, won the first $ 1,000 prize in the technology department for “Bent Be Gone,” a phone accessory that attaches to a cell phone charging port and prevents the charging cord from bending. which can damage the cord and port.
The second prize of $ 500 went to Conor Wooler, a student at DeCalb High School in Waterloo, for “Auto Brights”, a device for old cars that automatically dimmed the bright headlights when approaching an oncoming car or entering a well-lit area.
The judges of the event were Deb Richard, chair of the Ketner Trin School of Business; John Milner, assistant vice president and regional manager at Fifth Third Bank; Joshua Wenning, Executive Director of the Center for Educational Services Region 8; Mike Gorman, president, 21st Century Edtech; and David Corcoran, entrepreneur.
Trine University’s Innovative Challenge provides cash prizes to leading business ideas and technology ideas, and the awards are funded by a gift from Fifth Third Bank, Greater Indiana. This year, for the first time, high school competitions were held separately from college and public competitions.
Applications are accepted until March 10 for the college and public event, and finalists will present their projects to judges on March 24.
Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati. The company has assets of $ 141 billion and operates 1,254 full-service banking centers, including 95 Bank Mart locations, the most open seven days a week, in individual grocery stores and 2,639 ATMs in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois , Florida, Tennessee. , West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Georgia and North Carolina.