The Reclaimers, a team of engineers who have come up with a way to turn recycled plastic into crude oil, took the top spot at Catalyze and will advance to the InventOR Semifinal event in Portland May 17-19. The team is made up of Annika Andersen, a renewable Energy engineering and electrical engineering student; and Ashlei Morgan and Jessica Arrington who both study mechanical engineering.
In addition, SODACC a team of students — Justin Villers, Thomas Tappert, Robert Dandrea and Cody Taylor — who have invented an all-in-one capture and delivery system for CO2. The nontoxic and easy to handle device will pull CO2 out of the atmosphere while helping farmers increase crop yields
Like all semifinal teams, both SODACC and The Reclaimers received a prototyping grant of $500 each to further refine their inventions prior to May 17.
We look forward to seeing their prototypes in a couple of weeks!