19 December 2006 — Elmwood Park (NJ): Sealed Air has selected 10 semi-finalists in the first-ever Bubble Wrap Competition for Young Inventors.
The competition encouraged grade five to eight students in the US to demonstrate their creativity by designing an invention that incorporated the use of Bubble Wrap.
The 10 semi-finalists’ inventions include a solar-powered Bubble Wrap boat that does not require batteries and is instead propelled through the water via small solar panels.
William Hickey, president and CEO, said: "Sealed Air and its panel of judges were astounded by the hundreds of outstanding entries we received."
In early January, three finalists will be chosen from this group and will win a three-day trip to New York City, where the grand prize winner, who will be announced on Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day (29 January), will receive a $10,000 savings bond.
The second and third place winners will receive $5,000 and $3,000 respectively in savings bonds. The remaining seven semi-finalists will each receive $500 in savings bonds.
More than 800 students from across 38 states entered the competition.