In October, we challenged students to come up with an original invention that uses slime to solve a problem. Students had to submit an essay describing their invention and how slime would help it work. They also had to send a drawing of what the invention would look like.
We read hundreds of imaginative entries from schools around the country. Your slimy inventions included robots, cars, clothing, and even medicines. Our editors scoured the entries to find the most creative inventions that made the best use of slime’s strange properties.
Congratulations to the following grand prize winner and three runners-up. Thanks to everyone who participated!
Sabina Strautnieks, Grade 5, Ohio
Sabina and her teacher each won a collector’s tin containing five Goosebumps books, a Goosebumps T-shirt signed by R.L. Stine, and a Goosebumps movie poster signed by R.L. Stine.
The Slime Coated Bicycle
By Sabina Strautnieks
My name is Sabina Strautnieks, and my invention is called “The Slime Coated Bicycle.” The way it works is, inside the head tube, there is a slime pipe that runs all the way down to the wheels that has, you guessed it . . . slime inside! On the handlebars, there is a button called “Slime Control,” and when you press it, the slime runs down the pipe and through little valves on the wheels.
The purpose is not to make your bike slimy but to protect the wheels from puncturing if you are riding on sharp rocks or in rough terrain. While the wheels are spinning, the slime thickly coats the wheels. When the bike passes the sharp rocks, you press “Slime Control” again and the little valves shut so that the slime no longer comes out. Then the slime returns to the tube.
It is a great way to get outside without worrying about getting a flat tire! I thought long and hard to come up with an idea, and I hope it becomes an actual bike in the future!
Each runner-up received five Goosebumps books signed by R.L. Stine.
Runner-up: Levi Jacob Gilkerson, Grade 6, West Virginia
Invention name: Sluggers
Have you ever been in the predicament of having to cross a slick spot but you don’t want to fall? Well I certainly have the thing for you! Introducing Sluggers, the all-new shoes that use slime to stick to slippery surfaces.
Runner-up: Bella Willsey, Grade 5, Washington
Invention name: Slime Board
I have thought of a new board called Slime Board. The Slime Board will be able to climb up walls and over pretty rough surfaces just like a snail.
Runner-up: Yuridia Arauja, Grade 5, California
Invention name: Slime-a-Stickers
The invention I created is Slime-a-Stickers. What this is, is that you can take slime and stick it on glass, windows, or walls. You can [use it to] stick photos or any type of other paper.