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Bubble Wrap competition has pop!

Seventh Grader wins top prize in 5th Annual Bubble Wrap Competition for Young Inventors.

May 31, 2011
by Canadian Packaging Staff

Sealed Air Corporation, creator of Bubble Wrap brand cushioning, has announced that Lillith Bulawa, a seventh grade student from Ava, NY, as the grand prize winner its Fifth Annual Bubble Wrap Competition for Young Inventors.

The nationwide competition encourages students in grades six through eight to design an invention that incorporates the use of Bubble Wrap brand cushioning. Chosen from entries from all over the U.S., Bulawa and was awarded a US $10,000 (US) savings bond.

Bulawa was named the grand prize winner for her invention, ‘Floating Garden of Bubble-On‘ (see photo above), a garden that floats on top of water with the aid of Bubble Wrap cushioning. She developed the invention after reading about the many Americans that lost crops due to recent flooding across the country. This self-watering garden sits in a box atop a raft, which is made buoyant by Bubble Wrap material, and is designed to help save crops in flood zones.

“Lillith’s invention really shined during this competition,” states William V. Hickey, president and chief executive officer, Sealed Air. “Lillith showed exceptional ingenuity and developed a very practical invention that can help with an issue that affects many Americans each year.”

The competition invited students to demonstrate creativity and ingenuity via original inventions along with a visual and written description that includes the name of the invention, the purpose it serves, how it works and how the idea was formulated.

At the Bubble Wrap Awards Ceremony held on May 21, 2011, along with grand prize Bulawa, other winners include:

  • 2nd Place: Autumn Trogdon, Windsor, CA – “Cell Phone Holder” – An inexpensive, lightweight cell phone case made entirely of Bubble Wrap cushioning. It is created as a low cost way for keeping your phone safe.
  • 3rd Place Winner: Mackenzie Conkling, Massapequa, NY – “Uber Bubble Glove” – A glove insulated by two different layers of Bubble Wrap material and covered by a larger glove in order keep the hands of people affected by ailments like Raynaud’s Disease warm in cold weather.

“Each year we find it more and more challenging to select a grand prize winner as all the inventions submitted are outstanding,” notes Hickey. “Although only one can go home with the grand prize, all of the inventors in this year’s Bubble Wrap Competition for Young Inventors are winners and should be very proud of what they have accomplished.”

The Bubble Wrap Competition for Young Inventors is administered in conjunction with Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company. All submitted entries were judged based on their originality, creativity and practicality, as well as their benefit to society, marketability and overall presentation. This year’s competition attracted entries from all across the U.S., with submissions that included everything from the floating garden, to an environmentally friendly birdhouse, to a bed that keeps disaster victims safe and warm.

To make it to the final round, each of the finalists was required to build and deliver full-scale working versions of their invention to be reviewed by a panel of judges. The three finalists and a family member were brought to New York City for a chance to win the grand prize.

In addition to Bulawa winning the grand prize savings bond, her school, Lyndon H. Strough Middle School, will receive a $5,000 prize. The teacher/mentor of each finalist will also receive a $500 gift card.

Beyond its ‘pop’ appeal, Bubble Wrap brand cushioning has also helped spur the growth of parent company Sealed Air Corporation, which today operates in 52 countries and has annual revenue in excess of $4 billion. For more information about the 2011 and previous Bubble Wrap Competition for Young Inventors winners at

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