3 Student Inventions I Need Right Now

Ever had one of those hot summer days at a sports park and wished you had a simple (and dry!) way to cool off? Maybe you should try out the Chilly Sleeve, an arm device that gets cooler the more you sweat in it, thanks to its use of polyvinyl alcohol. 

This is just one of the creative and thoughtful inventions from our Grade 5 Dragons at this week’s Innovation Showcase. Every year, our Grade 5 Dragons practice their collaboration, problem-solving, and communication skills as they develop, design, prototype, and pitch a new product as part of their STEM class.  

Here are just a few of the inventions I wish I could purchase right now. 

  1. 1, 2, 3 Switch Glasses. My days of carrying multiple pairs of glasses would be over right now if I could just buy this product! With the flick of a small button, the glasses convert from regular glasses to sunglasses to blue light glasses. Now that’s efficient!
  2. The Wakee Upper. Parents can outsource those pesky morning wake-ups to the Wakee Upper, which combines an alarm clock with a rolling cylinder to pull off the top corner of the bed sheets, encouraging your child to say goodbye to slumberland. 
  3. Foggles. The perfect gift for the active type or adventure enthusiast, these goggles get the water and fog out when you are swimming and skiing, so the action doesn’t have to take a break!

As part of the Innovation Showcase, the students screened a video advertisement that they had written, filmed, and edited. Then, Middle School Director Kristin Cuddihy and I quizzed them on their process in front of the audience. 

Every year I am impressed by their confidence, public-speaking skills, business savvy, and unconventional thinking. Now, we just need to get these products to market. 

Click HERE to see the products I just told you about!

Danny Vogelman

Head of School