2 Palatine Students To Represent Illinois At National Invention Convention

The two inventors hope to walk away from Nationals as winners.

Keith Johnson
May 24, 2019 - 9:37 am
Aanya Sahu and Florian Halimi, Invention Convention

Photo provided by Mansi Sahu

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Two 7th graders from Palatine have bragging rights for their green energy project displayed at an annual invention convention sponsored by Chicago Innovation.

The Chicago Student Invention Convention, presented by Chicago Innovation, is a flexible curriculum focused on critical thinking, creativity, and innovation for Illinois students grades K-8. In 2019, 3,500 students at 45 schools, youth centers, and library branches participated and created inventions.

Student inventors in the Chicagoland area competed last month to receive state recognition and hopefully advance to the national level. The categories were separated by grade level, as well as an energy industry category that was new this year.

Aanya Sahu and Florian Halimi from Quest Academy in Palatine took first place in the energy industry category at Chicago Student Invention Convention. They qualified for nationals and will be among the students in the Chicago area representing Illinois. This was the first year Quest Academy participated in the program.

Aanya Sahu and Florian Halimi, Invention Convention
Photo provided by Mansi Sahu

Their invention is called ChargeAir, a portable wind turbine that affixes to an electric car and charges the car as it is driving.

"Our project is basically a wind propeller that uses green energy – wind – to charge electric cars. It works by placing the propeller on top of an electric car, and while the car is in motion, it spins the propeller, which in turn generates electricity for the car," she said.

ChargeAir, Invention Convention
Photo provided by Mansi Sahu

Florian said their device will allow electric cars to travel farther. 

"Right now a Tesla - I think the Model X - can travel up to 220 miles, but then you can double it if you add our fan on top,” he said.

ChargeAir, Invention Convention
Photo provided by Mansi Sahu

Both agree their product would help the environment.

"Our invention helps the environment in a great way because it reduces methane, carbon dioxide," Aanya said.

"And fluorinated gases," Florian added.

"Nitrate oxides from the atmosphere,"Aanya said.

Aanya and Florian will be representing Illinois next week at the National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo, held at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn, Michigan.

“We didn’t expect to come this far, because this is the first year our school has been doing it and honestly we just thought, 'oh we are just doing it for the grade,' and then we actually got picked to go to state and we were like 'oh that’s great, we will just do it there.' And then we got picked to go to nationals and then we were like 'what, we didn’t expect that,'" Aanya said.

Aanya Sahu and Florian Halimi, Invention Convention
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The two are hoping to walk away from Nationals as winners.

Check out the list below of all the student inventors that will be representing Illinois at the National Invention Convention.

National Qualifiers:

8th grade, Morgan New and RuiHong Lee, from Lenart Regional Gifted Center, with Zero Risk

6th grade, Vivian Chanquin, from Suder Montessori, with WARMZ-SACK

6th grade, Leslie Iniguez and Zharia Montgomery, from Prieto Math & Science Academy, with The Autocover

7th grade, Aanya Sahu and Florian Halimi, from Quest Academy, with ChargAir

6th grade, Lucas Stuckey and Zachary Deutsch, from Blaine Elementary, with Solar-Powered Flashlight Shoe

4th grade, Teddy Barnes and John Barthel, from Pulaski International School, with The Heat Sleeper

8th grade, Ray Beck, from Nettelhorst Elementary, with The Master Caster (TMC)

7th grade, Luis Miguel Garcia and Anzar Ebrahim, from Sauganash Elementary, with Pocket Charger

6th grade, Grace Brown and Eve Partridge, from Quest Academy, with Hungry Fish

5th grade, Nyah Sydnor, from Lenart Regional Gifted Center, with Sauce Saver

4th grade, Malia Guerrero, from Suder Montessori, with Sub-a-dub-dub

3rd grade, Molly Boven, from Lenart Regional Gifted Center, with Glovie Lovie

1st grade, Jaiah Gosa and Kailey McGuire, from Lenart Regional Gifted Center, with Kids Fun Portable Sink

6th grade, Mya Hardamon, from Nettelhorst Elementary, with The Bottle Bungee

7th grade, Stephanie Jiang and Maddison Zaninovic, from James Ward Elementary, with Color Corrector

6th grade, Mikhail Montesinos-Acosta, from Suder Montessori, with The Snow-Mobile

6th grade, Evie Dorfman and Joey Gelfond, from Nettelhorst Elementary, with The Perfect Pup

5th grade, Nicolas Tarrat and TyQuan Leverson, from Jungman Elementary, with The Snappable Glasses

3rd grade, Lucy Kolody, from Skinner West, with Hallway Helper

5th grade, Cayleigh Maxwell and Danielle Lam, from Andrew Jackson Language Academy, with Garbage to Garden

5th grade, Scarlett Toon and Riley Jacobsen, from Blaine Elementary, with Lemonaser

3rd grade, Sonya Tendulkar, from Skinner West, with Bring It!

7th grade, Jhonas Beltran and Shirley Garcia, from Jungman Elementary, with The Shelf-Dropping Locker

5th grade, Charlotte O’Halloran and Helen Long, from Blaine Elementary, with Dog Perfume

7th grade, Brady Seaburg, from Quest Academy, with Anti-Pickpocketing Device

8th grade, Alisa Ratasuk and Nicole Lee, from Quest Academy, with Flashlight Slippers

6th grade, Ivy Frater and Braeden Malayter, from Nettelhorst Elementary, with The Saxophone Surmount

4th grade, Paityn Lanum, from Lenart Regional Gifted Center, with The Oval Office Cleaner

7th grade, Elsa Voss and Charlotte Price, from Sauganash Elementary, with BunHead Hat