Cedar Rapids Gazette: Jefferson Alumni Among Projects Celebrated by Project Lead the Way

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

By Meredith Hines-Dochterman
Cedar Rapids Gazette

An invention by Jefferson High School graduates Clint Downey and Jackson Cover is among eight in the country currently in the process of being patented through Project Lead The Way.

Project Lead The Way, the nation’s leading provider of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, recently announced eight products invented by high school students that is either in the process of being patented or has completed the patent process.

“Every day in PLTW classrooms, educators encourage students to be curious about how things work and to use their imagination and creativity to discover new ideas and innovations,” said John Lock, CEO of Project Lead The Way.  “We congratulate the students and educators involved in these projects that are having a real-life impact in their communities. They represent the potential of what can be accomplished in schools — and are a model for the nation.  In today’s 21st century global economy — where Americans are competing for jobs with their peers all over the world — this is exactly the level of creativity and innovation we need all students to strive for.”

Downey and Cover created a device that hold sheet music for marching band musicians. A provisional patent has been filed.

Both Downey and Cover are currently freshman at the University of Iowa.