2017 Inventor’s Challenge Winner Honored at Virginia State Capitol

Richmond Student Wins Alexander Graham Bell Prize in Global Contest

State Senator Siobhan Dunnavant (l) honored Kiki Spears (r) from Richmond for winning the AT&T and Imagination Foundation 2017 Inventor’s Challenge. The Inventor’s Challenge is a chance for pre-K through high school students around the world to create novel, imaginative and possibly viable solutions to challenges in their schools and communities.

Kiki Spears from Richmond attends Henrico County Public Schools and was honored at the Virginia State Capitol for winning the AT&T* and Imagination Foundation 2017 Inventor’s Challenge.

Kiki and her parents met with State Senator Siobhan Dunnavant at a special event on July 26 at the Capitol.

The Inventor’s Challenge is a chance for pre-K through high school students around the world to create novel, imaginative and possibly viable solutions to challenges in their schools and communities. Many of the creations integrated science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM).

Over the course of a month, nearly 10,000 students from 17 countries submitted ideas. One winner in each of 4 age brackets was selected: PreK-2 Grade; Grades 3-5; Grades 6-8; and Grades 9-12.

Kiki, who was in 5th grade during the past school year, won the Alexander Graham Bell Prize for her “All-You-Need-Cane.” It’s the “Swiss Army knife” of canes to help improve the life of seniors. The cane even includes a flashlight and shoehorn. She was inspired by the challenges faced by her grandfather, and we are inspired by her. Check out her video here.

"I was so thrilled to honor Kiki at the Capitol and congratulate her personally on winning AT&T's Inventor’s Challenge Alexander Graham Bell Prize. Her invention reveals incredible ingenuity and compassion. I look forward to hearing about Kiki's future accomplishments," Senator Dunnavant said.

“We are impressed by the outpouring of creative ideas from so many imaginative and thoughtful kids,” said Mike McGalliard, founding executive director, Imagination Foundation. “The inventions are a range of clever, wacky, useful and inspired. We are proud to showcase these creative minds.”

With the Imagination Foundation, AT&T presented the Inventor’s Challenge as part of AT&T Aspire. Aspire is the company’s initiative to promote student success in school and beyond.

“Kiki did a great job, and we’re glad she had a chance to share her idea with Senator Dunnavant,” said Vince Apruzzese, regional vice president for AT&T External Affairs in Virginia. “The Inventor’s Challenge showcases the endless abilities of young people. Problem-solving, teamwork, optimism, patience, experimentation and risk-taking are critical to student success and are skills we look for in future AT&T employees.”

Kiki and the 3 other winners received prizes courtesy of AT&T. To see all of the submissions, visit the Inventor’s Challenge.

About the Imagination Foundation
The mission of the Imagination Foundation is to find, foster and fund creativity and entrepreneurship in children around the world to raise a new generation of innovators and problem solvers who have the tools they need to build the world they imagine.

The Imagination Foundation is growing a worldwide movement to promote creativity as a core social value and critical skills for the 21st century. Since 2012, the Global Cardboard Challenge and other Creativity Campaigns have reached more than 750,000 kids in 77 countries. And through its 130 worldwide chapters, the Imagination Foundation uses Creative Play to develop the natural powers of creativity, entrepreneurship and innovation that all children possess.
The Imagination Foundation launched from the overwhelming success of the short film, Caine's Arcade. For more information about Caine’s Arcade and the Imagination Foundation, visit imagination.org. Follow them on Twitter at www.twitter.com/imagination and like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/imaginationfoundation.

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