Booth brings innovation to invention competition


J.C. Booth Middle made a bang at the Georgia Tech InVenture Prize Competition, winning 1st and 3rd place for their inventions.

Team Plant Dock, made up of student inventors Driola Hoti, Luki Trevisan, and Erica Bourque, won first place, and Arya Shojai placed third in the competition.

Plant Dock won with an innovative design for preventing crop loss during flooding. Their design was inspired by research on how rising sea levels and increases in seasonal flooding due to global warming have impacted the ability to grow crops in coastal regions around the world. Their invention is designed to increase the amount of useable farmland by creating floating farms.

More than 180 teams of K-12 inventors from across Georgia competed in the Georgia Tech InVenture Prize this year. In addition to a plaque for the school and individual medals and certificates, first place team students each received a drone, as well as patent search and filing assistance from an intellectual property group.

As the first place winners in the middle school division, Team Plant Dock will represent Georgia in the National Invention Convention being held at the Henry Ford Museum of Innovation in Dearborn, Michigan in May.

— Provided by the Fayette County School System.