This morning, the Lemelson-MIT Program announced its 2019-2020 ‘InvenTeams’ to receive up to $10,000 in grant funding to address local and worldwide problems.
Gulfport High School was one of 14 teams of high school students from across the country selected. The teams build a technological invention to solve a problem of their choosing that stems from concerns they see in their own communities.
Gulfport High’s invention is an oyster trap that raises and submerges on its own. They chose this because of what we saw with the Bonnet Carre Spillway and the issues that came there after 80 percent of what oyster farmers spend on labor costs. Senior Jade Geiselman said, “It feels great. I think that everybody really understands what the goal is. So, whenever you have a team that really understands why we are doing what we’re doing, it makes doing the work and the research a lot more fun and more meaningful and everyone is really involved in it, too.”
Teams can only apply for these grants every four years. Gulfport High is one of few who have been selected twice in a row.