North Carolina Student First in Sealed Airï¿½s Bubble Wrap Competition
Young Inventor of ï¿½Sensory Wallpaperï¿½ Designed to Engage and Comfort Children with Autism Receives Top Award and $10,000
Announcement Kicks Off National Celebration of 8th Annual Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day
Haasï¿½s invention, entitled ï¿½Sensory Wallpaperï¿½, uses Bubble Wrap brand cushioning to create wallpaper that is designed to stimulate, engage and comfort children afflicted with autism. The invention, which combines a textured bubble surface containing large and small bubbles on a calming, blue wallpaper background, edged out more than 1,400 entries received and earned the eighth-grader the competitionï¿½s top prize and a $10,000
ï¿½Sealed Air would like to congratulate Hannah on winning the Grand Prize and for coming up with such a creative and inspiring invention that seeks to make a positive impact in the lives of others,ï¿½ stated William V. Hickey, Sealed Airï¿½s President and Chief Executive Officer. ï¿½We also want to congratulate our second and third place winners for their great inventions, and thank all of the students, teachers and parents around the country who contributed to the overall success of this yearï¿½s Bubble Wrap Competition for Young Inventors.ï¿½
In an essay accompanying her invention, Haas pointed out that, according to the Autism Society of America, more than one million people in the
Sealed Air Corporation also announced the second and third place winners of the competition:
ï¿½ Second Place Winner ($5,000 U.S. Savings Bond): Nicolette Mann, 13, Christiansburg, VA ï¿½ ï¿½Transformable Bubble Wrapï¿½ Kiteï¿½ ï¿½ A home-schooled eighth-grader who used Bubble Wrap brand cushioning to create a single kit that enables the easy assembly of multiple flying kites by providing detailed instructions on how to construct different formations, shapes and styles.
ï¿½ Third Place Winner ($3,000 U.S. Savings Bond): Max Wallack, 11, Natick, MA ï¿½ ï¿½Carpal Cushionï¿½ ï¿½ An eighth-grader at the Advanced Math and Science Academy, Max used Bubble Wrap brand cushioning to create an adjustable wrist cushion designed to help alleviate and prevent the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome experienced by computer users, as well as agricultural and manufacturing workers in foreign and developing nations.
In addition to their savings bonds, all three winners were treated to a trip to