Published on November 7th, 2017 | by Millennium Magazine Staff



Pictured L-R Abhimanyu Sailesh, Terry Floyd of IT-oLogy, Samuel Cathart. 

BLYTHEWOOD – Blythewood High School sophomores Samuel Cathart and Abhimanyu Sailesh were recognized at the State Fair recently for winning the IT-oLogoy Innovation Challenge as the state’s top student innovators.

Cathart and Sailesh created a portable element synthesizer that will run on solar and or water power which could be used for tasks such as charging cell phones. The project was a class assignment, but students were encouraged to submit their results to the IT-ology Innovation Challenge.

“Sam and Abi almost immediately began working,” Science teacher Justin Simpson said about the assignment. “I was impressed by the thought and care they put into creating a truly innovative product.”

IT-oLogy’s challenge was to “create projects using technology to solve, or bring awareness to a problem in the community,” according to its website. Winners were recognized in various grade levels, and not only did Cathcart and Sailesh win first place in the high school division, they also won the top overall TM Floyd Top Innovator award.

“I think it’s a testament to the abilities and talents of our students not only here at Blythewood, but across the state,” Simpson said. “When given the opportunity, and maybe a little encouragement, students can accomplish amazing things.

“I’m very proud and excited for them to receive this honor. It was definitely well deserved, and they put in a lot of hard work to bring it to fruition.”

Link to Cathart’s and Salish’s explanation of their project here.

For more information, please contact BHS Science teacher Justin Simpson at


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