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Young CdA inventor takes top prize at national competition with Band-Aid dispenser

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Lauren Stephens took home the top prize with her Quick Fix Bandage invention Lauren Stephens took home the top prize with her Quick Fix Bandage invention
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

"There's four pieces of garbage for every one band-aid and it's just a mess," Lauren Stephens said un-wrapping a Band-Aid.

The wheels of innovation turn inside the 11-year old's head and in her hands.

"You peel it off slightly and put it on your skin like this," she said showcasing her invention.

Stephens came up with the idea to solve the mess that Band-Aid wrappers leave behind.

Enter, the Quick Fix Bandage.

The invention works like a tape dispenser. Band-Aid's are already placed inside, you turn a dial and the band-aid comes out without waste.

Stephens got the idea after being bit by mosquitoes on a camping trip.

"There was garbage everywhere so I thought that if I invented something that prevented all that garbage that it would be a lot cleaner," Stephens said.

The idea became reality.

Hundreds of Band-Aid's had to be peeled off, molds were created using a 3D printer and it was ready to show.

Lauren showcased her invention at the Invent Idaho competition and took home the top prize. After sweeping the competition, she paved her way to nationals in Michigan, and out of 450 kids invited, she won!

"I'm going to be honest, yes I did think I was going to win, I did think I was going to win, I was surprised when I got first place but I definitely did not think I was going to lose," she said.

Confidence is key.

But, the cool part is two other kids from north Idaho were also invited to nationals.

Lauren has some advice for young inventors.

"As long as you find a pretty good problem, you could always find a solution to it," Stephens said.
Stephens added she's working on getting a patent for the Quick Fix Bandage and hopes that her product could be picked up by Johnson & Johnson.

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