St. Martin’s InvenTeam wins national recognition _lowres

Photo provided by St. Martin’s Episcopal School—In the front row, from left, are Clara Rabe, Lillian Doskey, Rimi Mandal, Anabella Imbornone and Madeline Pickens. In the second row are Brandy Williams, director of design thinking; Gifford Courtney; Richard Whitney, Farah Wells; Enzo Marcello; Ishmael Blackstone; Ben Bone; Gabriella Killett; Brennan Kronenberg; Kyle Winkler; Jessica Pickens; Kolby McWilliams; and physics teacher Ray Scioneaux.

The 16-student InvenTeam from St. Martin’s Episcopal School in Metairie is one of 35 teams in the nation to receive the Excite Award from the Lemelson-MIT program. The award makes the team a finalist for one of five InvenTeam grants of $10,000 to fund its project.

The team’s leaders are science teacher Ray Scioneaux and Innovation + Design team member Brandy Williams. Scioneaux will attend the program’s Eurekafest at MIT in June to receive additional training in invention education.

The St. Martin’s team plans to invent a blender/juicer that will benefit individuals with digestive sensitivities by thoroughly removing seeds and husks from foods produced both at home and commercially.