Fourth-Grade Inventor Sweeps Idaho Competition for the Second Time

Fourth-Grade Inventor Sweeps Idaho Competition for the Second Time

Carson Magee, a 10-year-old boy from Coeur d’Alene, ID, is making local news with his inventions for easier blood-glucose management. The fourth-grade student—pictured above with Idaho State Senator John Goedde—won Best of Show for grades one through four at the Invent Idaho State Final competition at the University of Idaho on March 9, 2013. His winning invention, a “BG Smartwatch,” is a blood-glucose meter, test-strip case, and lancet all combined into an ultra-portable case that a kid like him can wear securely around his wrist, just like a watch. The BG Smartwatch also won Carson the I Cubed Challenge prize in the medical innovation category.

This year marks Carson’s second Best of Show win—he won top prize last year for his invention of a testing device with a built-in alcohol swab for sterilizing the skin before testing. That first invention landed Carson a spot on Nickelodeon’s game show Figure It Out, where he stumped a celebrity panel trying to guess what his special talent (inventing) was.

We haven’t seen the last of Carson yet. This summer, he’ll be a delegate at JDRF 2013 Children’s Congress.