Mahwah nine year old, Hannah Calaman, has been selected as a finalist in the ePals/Smithsonian 2012 Spark!Lab Invent It Challenge. Of the over 300 international entries, only 16 were chosen to be finalists. Finalists represent a range of exemplary inventions from around the world.
Hannah’s SandSleeve is one of the ePals Choice finalists featured. Hannah’s grandfather suffers, like many seniors, from shaking wrists and hands that make it hard to write, read, do daily chores and simply relax. Hannah’s invention, the SandSleeve, uses sand and other materials, in a tight fitting, fingerless glove to comfortably weigh down the wrist so that the shaking is reduced and every day chores are easier. She made several prototypes to refine her concept before submitting her idea to the competition.
Now she needs your help. The 16 finalist are featured at the following link. On the right side of the page is a column for voting. Hannah is near the top of the list, and is listed as The Sand Sleeve, Hannah C, New Jersey, USA. Please take a minute to show your support! To vote, you don’t need to register, you only need to visit the site and click on the right side of the first page. http://en.community.epals.com/smithsonian_on_epals/p/inventionchallenge2012epalschoice.aspx (To see the finalist entries in detail, however, it is necessary to register.)
Hannah continues to work on improving her invention to make it easier to use, more comfortable, and to make it work better. She is anxious to see how she does in the competition, which will come to an end in early February. Thank you for taking a moment to support a local student as she tries to help others.