A team of student inventors from Gunn High School has been funded to build a prototype solar egg incubator, which members will present at a high-school-invention festival next June in Cambridge, Mass.
The Gunn team, led by student Emily Wang, was one of 16 high schools nationwide selected as a "Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam."
Since 2002 the "InvenTeam" program has sponsored nearly 140 student-invention projects, including a Palo Alto High School team's 2007 bid to build a head-mounted remote control for quadriplegics. The program is administered by MIT and funded by the Oregon-based Lemelson Foundation.
This is the first time a Gunn team has participated, Wang said. The team recently learned it had won a $10,000 grant to pursue its idea.
Wang described the proposal -- dubbed a "cluck bucket" -- as an "affordable, sustainable solar egg incubator that adopts a cost-effective, intelligent solar water heater and uses a low-power microcontroller to regulate temperature, egg rotation and the hatching detection system."
Advising the students are math teachers Danny Hahn and Rachel Congress and science teacher Elana Zizmor.
The team began designing the incubator last month and plans to have a prototype ready to show at the Lemelson-MIT EurekaFest Conference June 19-20, 2013.
Other projects slated for the festival include a "wind turbine for highway airflow capture," a pressurized produce preserver, a compost water heating system, a bacteria-powered battery and an "emotive aid for combating autism."
A complete list is available on the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams website.