From The Ergoweb® Learning Center

Young Minds on Ergonomics

Sears Craftsman(R) tools and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), co-sponsors of
the 2001 Craftsman/NSTA Young Inventors Awards Program, have announced that $70,000 worth of U.S. savings bonds will be presented to grade-school children to honor their efforts creating a new tool or re-thinking an existing one.

One of two top, or National, Winners was 5th grader Phillip Mitchell. Phillip, who attends J. B. Stephens School in Bangs, Texas, used ergonomics when designing the “Easy Trim”. According to Phillip, the “Easy Trim” is an adjustable tool, based on ergonomics, that makes it easier to groom goats and lambs for livestock shows.

“The Craftsman/NSTA Young Inventors Awards Program gives students a real opportunity to experience the scientific process — to analyze situations, recognize opportunities and create solutions,” said Dr. Gerry Wheeler, executive director of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). “The program also encourages teachers and parents to work closely with the children every step of the way.”

More information on the Craftsman/NSTA Young Inventors Awards Program is available by writing to Craftsman/NSTA Young Inventors Awards, c/o National Science Teachers Association, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201-3000; calling toll-free 1-888-494-4994; or e-mailing There also is information at NSTA’s Web site at .