With this blog we are launching our Inventor Spotlight series that highlight some of our student inventors who came up with a neat idea for an invention.
Our inventor this time is Angad Arora, who came up with a design for a suitcase that makes the job of packing easier, by providing feedback on the weight while it’s being packed. Angad’s invention won a national level award as part of the “Student Ideas for a Better America” competition organized by the National Museum of Education. He designed the suitcase as part of our summer camp, held in collaboration with the Archimedes School.
We had a short Q&A with Angad after he won the award.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
My name is Angad and I am in 4th grade Quest program at Redmond Elementary. Science interests and fascinates me as it is everywhere around us. I would like to research more about the human DNA when I grow up.
What is your invention and how does it work?
My invention, “Super Professional Suitcase” is a concept of the weighing of suitcases, made easier. The suitcase comes with a pressure sensor that warns you as you start reaching the airline weight limit. It does this while you are packing, so you don’t have to stop and weigh each time.
How did you come up with the idea?
The inspiration of this idea came from our yearly trips to India. For these trips we buy gifts for our extended family. The airlines allocate certain weight limits per suitcase. To adhere to this weight, limit the packing takes a while with many rounds of putting and taking out stuff. I noticed that my parents get exhausted after this task.
Did your prototype work? How was that experience?
For my prototype I used a shoebox to resemble a suitcase and installed a pressure sensor system at the bottom of the box. I had to carefully assemble the circuit. The procedure was to:
- Make a copper wire circuit system with a LED that is incomplete at a certain point
- Get a pressure sensor that has a piece of copper wire that attached to it
- Put tape on to the pressure sensor
- TEST- put weight in the shoebox- the pressure sensor will connect to the copper wire circuit causing the LED to light up
What did you learn from the summer camp?
I learned that if I wanted to make an amazing invention, I would have to think outside of the box and think creatively – by being original with my ideas, and trying to solve a problem.
What is your most fun memory from the camp?
The teachers were very engaging and helped you think of the most imaginative ideas you could think of. We played many brain games that made you think outside the box.
What kind of problems do you want to solve when you grow up?
I want to solve existing problems for people so that they can have an easier and convenient future.
What will you be using your prize money for?
I will use the prize money to buy an experiment kit for my next prototype!
Congratulations Angad for a well deserved award! We hope you continue to solve more problems and we look forward to more ideas from you.