Brevard students' invention wins them $96,000 scholarship
A team of students from Bayside High School won $96,000 in scholarship money at the Junior Achievement Blastoff Challenge Tuesday night.
Four teams from Brevard County high schools presented invention ideas to a group of judges at the Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse during the seventh annual Junior Achievement event. C.G. Goddard and Gianna Forsythe, juniors at Bayside High in Palm Bay, were named the winners.
They proposed to the judges "Tray'Pron," a tray-apron hybrid for sports fans to use at games. They showed a prototype of the product, a cardboard tray that includes a cupholder affixed to a plastic apron that goes around the user's head and covers the chest, resembling the contraption hotdog vendors wear as they walk through football stadiums.
"We wanted to stop people having to hold all their food in their hands" at sports games, Goddard said, as well as help customers prevent spilling on their favorite jerseys.
Amy Kneesey, Vice Chairman of the Brevard County School Board
"It’s a way to expand our curriculum without having to put out more resources. That’s a win for everyone."
Beth Westfall, Assistant Principal West Side Elementary School
"JA is relevant to my school, more so now than ever."
Hilah R. Mercer, Principal Cambridge Elementary Magnet School
"Junior Achievement is an outstanding, motivating program for our elementary students. Several of [our teachers] had JA volunteers last year and all had great praise for the program"
Michael Johnson, PhD, UCF Professor, College of Education
"I have long believed that this JA experience is so valuable for our UCF students and that actually it is a rare win for all experience, the UCF students, the school teachers, the school students, the UCF Education Profs, and the JA sponsors."
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