Ephrata High School junior Matt Sweigart was recently named a finalist in the PA Invention Convention. His project, All City Saver, was judged to be in the top 10 percent of all projects submitted.
“I came up with the idea just by randomly thinking back to last year and remembering some of the floods that happened along the Mississippi River,” Matt said. He described the project as a “pop-up flood wall” that serves a dual purpose to help stop crimes and protect citizens. “I envision it being used in big cities with flooding or crime issues, such as New York or New Orleans,” he continued.
Entry into the competition included the submission of prototype drawings and photos and a three-minute “elevator pitch video” that described the concept and attempted to attract fictional clientele.
“I was very surprised when I found out that I was in the top 10 percent and was very proud of what I had accomplished,” Matt commented.
A self-described tinkerer and inventor, Matt plans to continue to pursue these interests and looks forward to a career in mechanical engineering.
The PA Invention Convention is a non-profit organization that aims to inspire students’ innovation, invention, entrepreneurial learning, and confidence through a variety of competitions and events.