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    Ideas Sought from K-12 Students on How to Light the World

    Feb 22, 2011

    How Would You Light Up the World? All K-12 students in the Stockton area are invited by the Powell Scholars at the University of the Pacific to submit ideas for novel ways to generate electricity. From 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. March 26 all of the ideas will be publicly displayed on Pacific's Stockton campus, and a panel will choose the top three on the basis of creativity, feasibility, and potential for global impact. The top three entries will be awarded a $100 Education Savings Bond.

    When the ideas are judged, four graduates of Harvard's engineering school will be on hand to be honored for their invention of the Soccketball, a soccer ball that generates electricity when kicked. That invention won the 2010 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award. Information about that invention can be found at http://www.soccket.com. Entrants to the competition will have the opportunity to meet the honorees.

    All submissions should be made on an 8.5" by 11" sheet of paper, include an explanation of the invention along with a drawing, and have the name, grade level, school, and contact information of the submitter (email or phone). Entries should be postmarked by March 18 and sent to Dinelle Davis, John Ballantyne 115, University of the Pacific, 3601 Pacific Ave., Stockton, 95211.

    Details on the location of the March 26 event will be sent to each applicant. The competition is sponsored by University of the Pacific's Powell Scholars Program, as part of its Powell Emerging Leader Award celebration. For more information on the invention competition, contact Elizabeth Youngberg, at e_youngberg@u.pacific.edu. For more information on the Powell Scholars Program, see http://go.pacific.edu/powellscholars.