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June 26, 2022 | Tom Ballard

Trio of high school students secure patent assistance after winning UGA-hosted competition

A trio of Atlanta high school students left this year’s 74th annual “Georgia Science and Engineering Fair,” which is operated by the University of Georgia, with more than accolades and ribbons. They won a team of lawyers to help shepherd their invention through the patent process, which can take three to five years to complete.

According to this recent news release from UGA, their invention is titled the Active Model Rocket Descent Controller, and it began as the students’ focus for “Problems in Engineering,” a course at the Atlanta Classical Academy. The students’ work earned them the “Young Inventor’s Award” from the Georgia Intellectual Property Alliance. It is facilitated by the alliance as part of the fair’s “Patent Assistance for STEM Students” (PASS) initiative, designed to increase awareness and educational resources about intellectual property for young inventors and researchers in Georgia.

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