Four students from Milford were honored recently for their ingenuity at the 3rd Annual National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo (NICEE). The event was produced by The STEMIE Coalition, a non-profit founded to elevate K-12 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education alongside invention and entrepreneurship to a national level.

The winners from Milford include:

Sai Vipparla, an 11th grader, won a Patent Application Award for "Petsthetic," a 3-D printed, affordable and customizable pet prosthetic.

Arshaq Ahmed, a 6th grader, claimed 3rd place (6th grade) for "The Radio Med Box," a tracking device that utilizes HAM radio frequency in a medical box to track missing persons in regions without cellphone service.

Rachna Vipparla, a 9th grader, was awarded 2nd place (9th grade) for "Alz-Aid," a music therapy device that improves cognitive functions and decreases restlessness and wandering for those living with Alzheimer's or dementia.

Arya Bairat, a 10th grader, received 3rd place (10th-12th grade) for "EES Sustineri," which utilizes paint-on fabrication techniques and a novel arrangement of materials to store and generate energy.

Ron Katz, Executive Director of Connecticut Invention Convention, said, "CIC is the largest and longest running invention education program in the country, serving 17,000 students at 296 schools this year. Now in its 35th year of continuous operation in our state, Connecticut Invention Convention was the impetus for the development of a national organization to promote invention education. We are the model for the national event."

Katz added, "Some of our participants have received patents on their inventions before even graduating from high school, and many have gone on to successful careers in science and engineering fields!"

The National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo is organized and produced by the STEMIE Coalition and was held at The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn Michigan on June 1. Over 108,000 K-12 student inventors competed from across the United States, Mexico and Canada in local competitions earlier this year.