It's About Tradition: Evan Farrell
Most people go through their whole lives without inventing something, let alone something that might actually change lives. This is not the case for Evan Farrell. By the age of 12, Evan is conducting a patent search for his invention “Cleat Coverz.”
“Every day when I’d carpool to soccer practice I would have to walk to the end of the driveway to get picked up and the rough driveway was wearing down my cleats, to the point I couldn’t use them on the field anymore, they wouldn’t give me any traction,” explains Evan. “Before I got my new cleats I knew I needed something to solve this problem. And I couldn’t just buy cleats again and again because they’re expensive. I needed to find or create something that could cover the bottom of my cleats to protect them from wearing down. And my mom was yelling at me for walking with my cleats on the hardwood floor in the house and getting mud in the car. That’s how I came up with the idea for Cleat Coverz.”
Evan first entered his “Cleat Coverz” invention into the annual Terrace Park Elementary 6th grade Science Fair. Selected 6th grade students continued on with their projects to the Southwest Ohio Regional Science and Engineering Expo at University of Cincinnati. Evan was one of those selected students. From that event, Evan was nominated for the Broadcom MASTERS® (Math, Applied Science, Technology, Engineering for Rising Stars) program and won:
- 2 GE Aviation awards
- Skanska Engineering award
- Skanska Young Scientist award
Nominees to the Broadcom MASTERS® program represent the top 10% of middle school science fair projects from affiliated science fairs across the nation.
Evan has also won awards for his invention at the Ohio State Science Day at Ohio State University, the Ohio Regional Invention Convention at Central State University; and the National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo in Washington, D.C.
Evan plans to use the prize money he has won from the competitions (coupled with some money he has stashed in his piggy bank and some from his parents) to buy a better 3D printer to use at home. Evan is also reaching out to companies in the 3D printing industry as well as the US Patent and Trademark Office about getting assistance to supplement the cost of his 3D printing materials and patent application.
And although all of this doesn’t sound traditional, supporting students in their pursuits of their passions is part of the excellent tradition that is Mariemont City Schools.
Besides being a soccer player, Evan also finds time to play lacrosse and basketball. He was involved in the play and was a crossing guard for Terrace Park Elementary. He thought 6th grade camp at Camp Kern was great – “Not a lot of my friends from other schools get to do that.” And there are some of his own special elementary school traditions that Evan is going to miss. “I liked going home for lunch. We also had a tradition of going to Skyline, as a treat.” Despite all of the traditions he enjoyed in elementary school, he’s looking forward to junior high.
“I’m looking forward to Expeditions, which seems really cool. Friday was one of my favorite days at Terrace Park Elementary and I’m looking forward to Fridays even more now because we get to do Expeditions.” And he can’t wait to have his own laptop. He’s also looking forward to taking the bus and going to school with Mariemont Elementary students, including his cousin.
Whether he ends up being a famous inventor or a soccer star on FC Cincinnati, the motto of helping our scholars of today become leaders of tomorrow could never be more true than it is for Evan.