Buffalo Seventh-Graders Win Time Warner Cable's Local 'Wouldn't It Be Cool If...' Contest

September 27, 2013 Updated Mar 26, 2012 at 6:17 PM EDT

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Buffalo Seventh-Graders Win Time Warner Cable's Local 'Wouldn't It Be Cool If...' Contest

September 27, 2013 Updated Mar 26, 2012 at 6:17 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- Time Warner Cable announced Monday that Nazir Duncan and Mitchell Middlebrook, seventh-graders from the Drew Science Magnet School In Buffalo, have won Time Warner Cable’s local Wouldn’t It Be Cool If… contest. 

According to a news release, the students each won a Kindle Fire e-reader for their innovative idea “The Super VM (Vending Machine).”

Eighth-grader Javonna Leonard won second place in the contest. Ashuante Maryon and Julian Smallwood, also eighth-graders from Charles Drew Science Magnet School, received third place.

“Time Warner Cable is excited to congratulate the winning students from our Wouldn’t It Be Cool If… contest,” said Scott Knaub, Area Vice President of Operations at Time Warner Cable WNY. “Not only did our winners really impress the judges, but each student developed innovative ideas that would improve life for people throughout Western New York.”

Time Warner Cable’s Wouldn’t It Be Cool If… contest was held at the Buffalo Museum this morning and challenged over 40 middle-school students from the Charles Drew Science Magnet School in Buffalo to develop ideas or inventions that make life better in the Buffalo area. The students’ presentations used STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) to solve a local problem. The judges evaluating the student’s ideas included City of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, City of Buffalo Council President Richard Fontana, Scott Knaub, WNY Area Vice President of Operations for Time Warner Cable, Doug Borzynski, Facilitator of Learning at Buffalo Museum of Science, and Dr. Vivian Pokrzyk, former educator and president of Science Teachers Association of New York State.

This contest was held in conjunction with the national Wouldn’t It Be Cool If… contest that ends on March 28. Nationally, four ideas will be selected and finalists will pitch their ideas in person to Black Eyed Peas front man will.i.am, inventor Dean Kamen and other luminaries at a live-streamed event in conjunction with the 2012 FIRST Robotics Championship in St. Louis in April.