Twelve teams. One winner. It must be March Madness…of the Mind! The National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance will pit a dozen teams of young inventors against one another. Previous years’ Excellence and Entrepreneurship teams have brought improved crutches and mushroom-based insulation panels to market. This year’s teams break down along two rough lines: from-scratch inventions, like Johns Hopkins’ SurgyPack, which reduces pre-surgical bowel-packing time up to 50 percent, and those that repurpose existing inventions, like Caltech’s process for turning discarded mountain bikes into all-terrain wheelchairs in developing nations. They’ll all have to measure up to the InvenTeam from Clarksburg High School in MoCo, whose Torch Cord
THE CONTEST STARTS AT 1 P.M. AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY, 14TH ST. AND CONSTITUTION AVE. NW. FREE. (202) 633-1000.