The Shopping Cart, 2002 Christopher Columbus Gold Medal Award

Written by on November 20, 2002 in 2002, Christopher Columbus Gold Medal Award, Team

The Stopping Cart

Brandon Middle School
Brandon, MS

Problem: Runaway shopping carts in parking lots cause thousands of dollars in damage to cars and other personal belongings each year.

Solution: Developed an easy to use braking system in the handle of the cart. It operates much like the handle of a self-propelled lawn mower making it easy for shoppers and store clerks to use.

At an awards ceremony held at Epcot at Walt Disney World, finalist teams receive $36,000 in savings bonds for their winning entries. The competition is geared toward middle school-age children, and gives kids experience in solving problems using the scientific process of exploring, analyzing and drawing conclusions.


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