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Some of the 15 finalists in the USF Young Innovators Competition
Young Innovators
Almost 500 students from around the Tampa Bay region entered this year’s USF Young Innovators Competition, coming up with possible solutions to problems that inventors twice their age haven’t solved yet. University Beat on WUSF TV takes you to the finals and introduces you to the winners and their creations.

On the Radio

3rd grader Marissa Streng demonstrates her winning entry, the Puff-N-Fluff dog drying system
Young Innovators

The USF Young Innovators Competition yielded some pretty cool ideas this year: a machine that dries your wet dog; edible cupcake liners; and a pole that keeps your grocery bags from crushing each other in your car! University Beat on WUSF 89.7 introduces you to the winning inventors and tells us how USF is inspiring the next generation of would-be Edison's.

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Radio - During "Morning Edition" on WUSF 89.7 Tuesday after the 6:45 AM and 8:45 AM newscasts | During "All Things Considered" on WUSF 89.7 Tuesday at 5:44 PM | After "Florida Matters" on WSMR 89.1 Monday just before 10:30 PM
- Tuesdays at 11:55 AM and 8:55 PM, and various times throughout the rest of the week

Video extras

USF Young Innovators Competition Director Anton Hopen talks about the origins and purpose of the Competition, as well as who it’s open to and why it’s important USF is involved.

We hear from some of the Competition’s finalist judges, infomercial guru Kevin Harrington and USF’s Dr. Karen Holbrook. Anton Hopen and USF’s Dr. Paul Sanberg also talk about the group that judged the preliminary round, the National Academy of Inventors.
Dr. Sanberg, who also served as a judge, is the Academy's President.


USF Sr. VP for Research, Innovation & Global Affairs Karen Holbrook on the importance of encouraging younger students to learn through events like the Competition.

For more information

Anton J. Hopen, Director, Innovation Express
813-925-8505 anton.hopen@innovationexpress.org

National Academy of Inventors



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