Local Inventor Takes 1st Place In National Competition


A first-grade student from Eisenhower Elementary has taken 1st place at the National Invention Convention.

This past week, nearly 500 students participated in the 2020 U.S. National Invention Convention, which was held virtually due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Of those participants, 63 students were honored with awards during the 2020 Virtual Awards Ceremony held on July 2.

Charles Smith, a student at Eisenhower Elementary, took 1st place in the first grade division for his invention called H.E.R.B. (Home Emergency Responder Beacon). The H.E.R.B. is an exterior light that can be placed on a house or mailbox that creates a beacon for emergency workers. The beacon can be activated by a wireless signal from a smoke detector, dispatch or Life Line. Smith will receive a medal for winning his division.

Smith had previously won the state level competition for 2020, and in 2019 took first place in the kindergarten division with his “Benge Beacon”, for which he made an appearance on Good Morning America.

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