Inventors Digest Essay Contest

Essay Contest Rules

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Official Entry Form – Required

In honor of National Inventors Month in August, Inventors Digest magazine and partners are sponsoring the 2059 Essay Contest for middle school and high school students.

Your assignment: What will the world look like in 2059?

In 1959, the internal pacemaker, the microchip, the Barbie doll and pantyhose were invented. Each was significant in its own right. But that was so 50 years ago.

Show us in 500 words or less what technology, tool, product or service will shape our lives in 2059 and why. The Grand Prize includes:

-A laptop computer

-Your essay published in Inventors Digest

-A year’s subscription to the magazine

-Possible appearance on the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Everyday Edisons

-A killer T-shirt

-Brain-teaser games

Eligibility: All middle school and high school students ages 12-17 in the United States. Grand prizes will be awarded for best middle school and high school entries. North Carolina and South Carolina entrants also are eligible for the regional Grand Prize, an iPod, courtesy of

Entry rules: Download official entry and all permission forms below. All essays must be original work of the student. Only 1 (ONE) entry per student. Submit essays and forms to Inventors Digest, with Essay Contest in the subject line or mail to Inventors Digest, Essay Contest, 520 Elliot St., Ste. 200, Charlotte, NC 28202 or fax to 704.333.5115. Include your birth date, school, address and phone number.

Criteria: Entries will be judged on clarity and vision of how we will use new technology or products in the year 2059. Winning essays will demonstrate imagination rooted in science and engineering principles. In other words, the best essays will show what’s possible as well as practical.

Deadlines: Submit essays by Sept. 30, 2009. All entries must be postmarked by Sept. 30, 2009.

Winners will be notified on or by Nov. 26, 2009.

Contact us at or call 704.369.7312 ext. 219 for more information.




Medical Nanobot Cleaning Infection

Inventors Digest, in cooperation with IPWatchdog, is showcasing several essays deserving of honorable mention.  The first in this series appears below.

Inventors Digest held a youth innovation essay contest, in part to celebrate National Inventors Month, last August. The four winning essays are at  The magazine received and reviewed some 400 essays from across the country. The following illustrate the creativity and optimism of today’s youth. “The level of competition was extremely high, making selection of just four winners a tough task,” said Inventors Digest editor Mike Drummond.

Nanobots – An Invention of the Future

By Hannah Joy Coad, 17, Classical Christian Academy, Sagle, Idaho

Our world will be dramatically different 50 years from today. In the year 2059 people will be living in ways beyond what most can imagine, will have new ways of transportation, and there will be new technology including medical advancements that will substantially change our lives.

With the world of science rapidly expanding with innovative discoveries, the next 50 years look exciting in the world of science.

Yet to be developed is the capability of closed body surgery by means of nanobots, artificially intelligent microscopic robots, to repair and restore internal functions. These electronically programmed devices would be injected into the bloodstream to microscopically operate on the problematic area from within the body. They would be made from nontoxic dissolvable materials. Like our current internal stitches, they would dissolve after their work is finished.

Using nanobots rather than invasive surgery would dramatically improve global health care and medicine in general. These versatile microscopic robots could be used to treat many conditions including illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, and lung abnormalities. Nanobot advancements would be especially helpful for critical procedures such as brain surgery to avoid incisions into the cranial area.

Nerve restoration would be another application of this technology such as spinal cord injury repair. Noninvasive nanobots would be safer and therefore more successful.

Another example of application of this invention is the use of nanobots on various heart procedures. In the United States alone about 30,000 infants are born with one of 30 congenital heart defects each year. Open-heart surgery on a human so young is risky and costly.

However, if the infant could be operated on using nanobots, the mortality rate would drop significantly. This could be done with a series of specially programmed micro robots that would operate on the damaged tissue of the infant’s defective heart.

This technology would be valuable throughout the world, making long distance surgical procedures safer and more effective. A surgery preformed by a specialist physician miles away from the patient would be conducted by programming the prescribed information into a computer and sending it to the hospital where the patient is located.

A professional would download the information into nanobots and inject them into the patient within a matter of minutes. Since the heart pumps blood throughout the body at a rate of 60 to 100 times per minute, the nanobots would quickly be carried by the blood to the place of deficiency and begin the microscopic procedure.

Not only could nanobots be used as a means of noninvasive surgery, a medical doctor could also prescribe them to boost the immune system as a means of regulating healthy homeostasis. In this regard, the nanobots could perform a preventative role as well.

The use of these nanobots causes the mind to fly in imagination as it envisions all the various applications for such an advantageous technology. Nanobots are an invention of the future, an invention to change our world.

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