Project Lead the Way Engineering Inventors Honored at Senior Showcase

Project Lead the Way Innovator Award Winners and Teacher Greg Thiel
Shawnee Mission School District

A group of Shawnee Mission student engineers shared their problem-solving solutions this week at the Project Lead the Way Senior Showcase at Union Station.

Several Shawnee Mission Project Lead the Way Engineering Signature Program students were honored for their innovative work.

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The showcase brings together Project Lead the Way Engineering seniors from across the Kansas City metropolitan area. In preparation for the showcase, these seniors work to develop an invention that would help address a problem they would like to solve.  They share inventions with community members, professionals, and judges.

Student projects recognized with Innovator Awards were selected from a pool of 74 teacher-nominated projects by 43 judges from Kansas City’s startup and business community. Their work is recognized for potential marketability, innovation, and the students’ passion and ability to communicate their idea.

The following students were presented with Innovator Awards at the event:

Timothy Nunez, Shawnee Mission South senior,  and Ronald Smith, Shawnee Mission South senior. Invention: “KinderProof Pill Bottle Lock.” This child-proof prescription bottle is designed to simplify the process for older adults while also retaining child-proof properties.

Nate Pulliam, Shawnee Mission South senior, and Jack Alferman, Shawnee Mission East senior. Invention: “Spectacular Specs.” A pair of glasses designed to be tasteful, practical, and more structurally sound.