The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy and Tellabs Foundation are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2017 Tellabs Foundation Next Generation Innovators Award – an award that encourages and recognizes entrepreneurial-minded middle school students from across Illinois.
Four applicants received the inaugural award: three individuals and one team, each with a product or working prototype that was deemed to have “a significant, positive social impact.”
New Bee-ginnings is a bee house designed to provide a safe space for bees, away from pesticides and human interference, and was designed by 12-year-old Kaden Welch of Morris. New Bee-ginnings aims to fight back against the decline of worldwide bee populations.
The winners were recognized at a ceremony and luncheon at IMSA and receive a one-year membership to IMSA’s newly opened innovation center, IN2 Steve and Jamie Chen Center for Innovation & Inquiry. IN2 aims to help young entrepreneurs gain access to networking and educational programs, and to help them take their innovation to the next level.