KIPP Students Win $7,500 Grant

by Ariel Reynolds on Nov 18, 2015

in In the News, Our KIPPsters

To inspire young people to solve real world problems through invention, the Lemelson-MIT Program (yes, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology) awarded 14 high school teams nearly $10,000 each through its 2015-16 InvenTeam initiative.

And because potholes are a problem in our city, the KIPP Sunnyside High School’s InvenTeam found a solution and won $7,500. Their Pothole Remediation Device will fix Houston’s streets by making repairs fast, cheaper, and more effective than current technology. KIPP Sunnyside was the only school in Texas to win this award!

The KIPP Sunnyside InvenTeam has 16 members that began working on the project last January.

“When you drive down certain streets, it’s like driving on Swiss cheese,” joked Mustafa, co-captain of the Inventeam.

The InvenTeam sees the importance of their invention and the win as a whole.

“We are a minority school competing against non-minority schools,” said another team member. “This win is a high for all KIPP schools.”

On November 9, Congressman Al Green recognized the InvenTeam along with representatives from Rice University and The University of Houston. During the pep rally, Congressman Green announced a special congregational certificate of recognition for the team.


As the school year comes closer to an end, these Sunnyside Senators are making major progress on their pot-hole remediation device! The InvenTeam had the incredible opportunity to share their pothole solution with Mayor Sylvester Turner, City Council Member Dwight Boykins, and Director of Education Juliet Stipeche. Additionally, the Mayor of Houston proclaimed March 29, 2016, as KIPP Sunnyside High School InvenTeam Day in the City of Houston! We are incredibly proud of how they identified a real world issue and are working hard to solve it!

Stay tuned because the 2015-16 InvenTeams will showcase their projects at EurekaFest in June 2016. EurekaFest is the Lemelson-MIT Program’s multi-day celebration of the inventive spirit at MIT in Cambridge Massachusetts.

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