Science and Engineering Club


Kevin Brandecker demonstrates the Bishop Kelly Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam’s device to Secretary of Energy Dr. Steven Chu at EurekaFest in June, 2012.


A team of student inventors from Bishop Kelly High School, one of only 16 high schools nationwide selected to receive a $9,100 Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam grant in the 2011-2012 school year, recently completed its MagWrite, FreeWrite and MagMouse assistive technology devices. These devices will be used to assist persons with tremors to write more legibly and use a computer mouse more accurately by using the natural phenomenon of magnetic damping.

The Bishop Kelly InvenTeam traveled to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Mass., to exhibit and demonstrate its invention at the InvenTeams Showcase during EurekaFest, a multi-day celebration of the inventive spirit, that took place in June. EurekaFest is an annual event presented by the Lemelson-MIT Program, a non-profit organization at MIT that inspires youth to pursue creative lives and careers through innovation.

EurekaFest empowers a legacy of inventors through activities that honor role models and encourage creativity and problem solving. The festivities will also provide the Bishop Kelly High School InvenTeam with the opportunity to meet fellow student inventors from across the country, past and present Lemelson-MIT Program award winners,
MIT alumni and staff, and leaders in the science, technology and engineering communities.

“The InvenTeam high school grants initiative represents the future,” said Leigh Estabrooks, invention education officer from the Lemelson-MIT Program. “We place an emphasis on STEM-focused projects to foster interest in these fields among youth. With InvenTeams, our primary goal is to develop high school students’ passion for invention, in turn inspiring them to consider careers in science, technology, engineering or math.”

During the InvenTeams Showcase, the Bishop Kelly InvenTeam, led by Dr. Guy Hudson, Science Chair and InvenTeam Advisor, joined a community of inventors at the MIT
Stata Center. In addition to discussing its research and design processes and showcasing its invention, the Bishop Kelly InvenTeam is also one of four teams, selected from the sixteen participating teams, that gave a formal presentation. The Bishop Kelly InvenTeam also gathered feedback to advance its prototype from EurekaFest attendees.

On June 23,InvenTeams wrapped-up EurekaFest at the Museum of Science in Boston. The Bishop Kelly InvenTeam joined more than 200 high school students from across the country, along with the general public, in hands-on invention activities.

More information about Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams is available at


Celebrating innovation, inspiring youth

The Lemelson-MIT Program celebrates outstanding innovators and inspires young people to pursue creative lives and careers through invention.

Jerome H. Lemelson, one of U.S. history’s most prolific inventors, and his wife Dorothy founded the Lemelson-MIT Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1994. It is funded by The Lemelson Foundation and administered by the School of Engineering. The Foundation sparks, sustains and celebrates innovation and the
inventive spirit. It supports projects in the U.S. and developing countries that nurture innovators and unleash invention to advance economic, social and
environmentally sustainable development. To date The Lemelson Foundation has donated or committed more than U.S. $150 million in support of its mission.

BK Science Olympiad Team at the National Competition in 2012
BK Science Olympiad Team at the National Competition in 2012



Science Olympiad

The Science Olympiad was founded in 1983 to increase student interest in science. Since 1983, the Olympiad movement has grown to all 50 states and Canada. A team of up to 15 students compete in a series of individual and team events that encourage learning in biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, problem-solving, and technology.  Bishop Kelly has participated since 1995 and has been the Idaho State Champion each year except 1996 and 2001.

While some events in The Science Olympiad require scientific knowledge, others rely on science processes, skills, or applications. Science Olympiad is also heavily involved in the incorporation of STEM into curriculum and events.  Every student, whether in a technology class or a general or advanced science class, competes within their areas of interest. All events involve teamwork, group planning, and cooperation. The emphasis is on advanced learning in science through active, hands-on, group participation. And, hey – – it’s FUN!

The Rewards of Participation

The top three individual winners of each event are awarded Olympic style gold, silver, or bronze medals. Points are awarded for each place by the team. The top schools in each division are awarded trophies and the coach receives a special recognition. The state of Idaho competition will be held on April 6, 2013 at Northwest Nazarene University.  The winning teams from the high school (Division C) and the junior high/middle school (Division B) will represent Idaho at the National Science Olympiad at the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio this spring.

Bishop Kelly has had three to six teams compete at the state level each year since 1995, esuring lots of student participation.