Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Fayette | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Warren | Webster

Daviess County Students Moving Ahead with Project Design Idea

oboro apollo hs 300OWENSBORO, Ky. (4/2/2013) – On Thursday, March 14, Apollo High School juniors Blake Knott and Dalton Nonweiler competed at the University of Kentucky in an Intellectual Property Pitch, a five-minute presentation to a panel of entrepreneurs and experts about a unique, creative solution to a problem followed by a five-minute question-answer session with the Judges. Knott and Nonweiler had to formally pitch their invention idea to a panel of judges comprised of a business executive, a business professor, a chamber of commerce leader, and a millionaire investor.

The team’s Invention and Patent idea is titled “Easy Squeezey Ear Plugs.” The premise behind the invention is to take old ear phones and modify them with the moldable ear plugs found in most industrial factories so the ear buds will not fall out of one’s ears as easily. The students said they came up with the idea for the invention when their current set of ear bud headphones broke and no long would fit in their ear. Although the team didn’t win the prize money, they said they are still excited about the idea.

“Even though we didn’t win, it’s not that big of a deal. We are still going to keep working on our idea and go back next year,” Knott said.

Nonweiler also said that he didn’t believe losing was a huge loss at this time.

“The judges gave us several pointers. We kind of know what to expect when we go back next year,” he said.

Apollo High School Technology Educator Aaron Yeiser has served as the students mentor and guide throughout the process.

“They guys are bettering their product design at this time,” Yeiser said. Currently they were doing competitor research and they plan to work on this and other designs again next fall in their senior year at Apollo.”

This is Yeiser’s eleventh year at Apollo as a teacher, and his fifth year working with Project Lead the Way, a national non-profit organization that develops and disseminates sequenced pre-engineering curricula for use in middle schools, high schools, and community colleges. It also offers professional training for teachers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The juniors had hoped to be able to present their patent and design process idea at Murray State University in April in hopes of competing for bigger prize money. Unfortunately, the Daviess County School System falls outside of Murray’s district, and Western Kentucky University, under whom the district would fall, does not offer a program that would allow the team to present their invention there.

Knott and Nonweiler said they intend to use their design to apply to the Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs in the near future. The Governor's School for Entrepreneurs (GSE) is an entrepreneurship program designed to give Kentucky high school students a hands-on opportunity to invent a product and create a business around it, according to the GSE website. GSE's mission is to give Kentucky High School students the keys to understanding how to turn their ideas into a product or service, and in turn inspire them to become business leaders in their communities.

Yeiser said despite the outcome at the recent competition, the two students have benefitted from the opportunity to participate.

“Even without taking top honors at the UK IP Pitch competition Blake and Dalton gained valuable worldly experience necessary to be future business leaders. I don't think it will have any bearing on their acceptance to GSE, but if they're accepted they'll have a better foundation of what to expect once they arrive,” he said.

Knott and Nonweiler said following their senior year, they both intend to further their education in an engineering course of study. Knott says he is considering Murray state, while Nonweiler intends to apply to the engineering program at the University of Kentucky.

Alex Reid
SurfKY News
Photos provided by Alex Reid

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

In Other News...

Portion of Spring Bank Drive Closed Monday July 28 - Aug. 1

OWENSBORO, Ky. (7/24/14) — The westbound lane of Spring Bank Drive will be closed from Edgewood Court to Woodbridge… Read More

Owensboro Southern 11-Year-Olds Finish Runner-Up in State

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (7/24/14) — The Owensboro 11-year-olds finished runner-up in the Little League State Baseball… Read More

Most Read This Week (Site-Wide)

July 22, 2014 4147

Madisonville Woman Charged With…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
July 24, 2014 3033

Powderly Man Injured in Apparent Gun…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
July 21, 2014 2992

Five Sent to Hospital After Two-Vehicle…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
July 21, 2014 2376

Business Spotlight - Painted Window Aims…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
July 21, 2014 2293

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - July…

in News by Madisonville Police Department

Most Read Stories from Hopkins County

July 22, 2014 4147

Madisonville Woman Charged With…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
July 24, 2014 2127

Madisonville Man Charged for Drugs,…

in Top Stories by Trooper Stu Recke
July 23, 2014 2100

Crime Stoppers Top Most Wanted - July 23,…

in Top Stories by Crime Stoppers
July 21, 2014 1246

Madisonville Fire Chief Announces…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
July 21, 2014 1192

Three Injured in Three-Vehicle Collision…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director

Most Read Stories from Owensboro

July 21, 2014 1560

Portion of Southeastern Parkway Closed…

in News by Beth Cecil
July 22, 2014 1244

Alliance for a Drug Free Owensboro and…

in News by Carla Shelton
July 23, 2014 1187

Owensboro Neighborhood Alliance Meeting…

in News by Sherry Girten
July 22, 2014 1177

Daviess County Traffic Advisory

in News by Keith Todd
July 23, 2014 1104

Fall Baseball League Registrations

in News by Brittni Bunn

Most Read Stories from Muhlenberg County

July 24, 2014 3033

Powderly Man Injured in Apparent Gun…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
July 21, 2014 2992

Five Sent to Hospital After Two-Vehicle…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
July 21, 2014 2376

Business Spotlight - Painted Window Aims…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
July 23, 2014 1813

Greenville Family Loses Home, Possessions…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
July 23, 2014 1577

Swinging for Sadie Raises $6,000 for…

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News

SurfKY News Group, Inc. Central Office & Printing Division
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431  •  270.452.2249 (fax)
Main Number: 270.452.2727 (phone)  •  Printing Division Direct Line: 270.821.8600 (phone)

SurfKY Owensboro News Bureau
920 Frederica St. / Suite 210  •  Owensboro, KY 42301  •  270.683-8060 (phone)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social 06social 21social 22social 04social 03