|Mazen Eldin of Meadow Park Elementary School and Kent Yamamoto of Tustin Ranch Elementary School (pictured front) are congratulated by Jeff Joy (administrative shareholder of Greenberg Traurig), Lisa Livernois (principal at Meadow Park Elementary), Raymond Lee (managing shareholder of Greenberg Traurig) and Sharon Frazier (teacher at Tustin Ranch Elementary).|
At a celebratory reception hosted by Greenberg Traurig LLP on March 24th at Irvine Valley College, it was announced that two students from Irvine and Tustin won the top prizes at this year’s Astounding Inventions. The award entitles each student to a pro bono provisional patent application for their inventions from Greenberg Traurig with a potential value of more than $10,000.
Mazen Eldin, a student at Meadow Park Elementary School in Irvine, won for his “Smart Scissors” invention, which will electronically measure and display cut distance. Kent Yamamoto, a student at Tustin Ranch Elementary School in Tustin, won for his “2 in 1 Double X Putter,” which will help golfers to keep their putter head at the right angle.
Additionally, two students received honorable mention recognition: Se Ho Chung from Bonita Canyon Elementary School for his “Turning Turner” invention, and Courtni Adams from Nelson School for her “Laser Soccer Cleat.”
The Astounding Inventions competition, now in its 24th year, was conceived by Irvine Valley College in 1987 to promote creativity and interest in mathematics and science education among area students. More than 400 students participated in this year’s event, which was held on Saturday, January 29, 2011 at Irvine Valley College. This is Greenberg Traurig’s fifth year as the title sponsor of this event.