Local Student Wins National Science Competition
Posted on 09/12/2016
Kai Hatten (pictured), now a 6th grade student at White Pine Elementary School, was recently named Grand Champion of the 2016 National I Cubed Challenge science competition. His invention, the Fire Exterminator, is a device that puts out fires that escape outdoor fire pits. The device was inspired by the numerous forest fires in the Western United States the previous summer.
After winning first place at last year's state Invent Idaho competition, Kai represented Idaho at the first National Invention Convention in Washington, D.C. Young inventors in grades 1-12 from across the nation were invited to submit their creative innovations online in the fourth annual I Cubed Challenge competition. Judges from three states spent countless hours assessing the entries in the 2016 National I Cubed Challenge with the theme "Environmental" inventions. The judges were inspired by the quality and creativity of the young inventors' innovations. One judge stated, "Our world is in good hands with creative kids like these young inventors as our future leaders."