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ECHO presents – “That’s Brilliant”: Celebrating Vermont inventors with an outdoor winter theme

November 27, 2012

Molly Loomis
802.864.1848, ext. 110 or

Linda Bowden
802.864.1848 ext. 117

BURLINGTON, VT. — THAT’S BRILLIANT! is an evening dedicated to ingenuity and creativity by Vermont inventors with a focus on the Vermont Winter Outdoors and new this year, presentations by the VT Agency of Transportation and Vermont Ski Safety.

ECHO’s new Revision Lakeside Pavilion space will be transformed into an inventor’s dream space with nine Vermont inventors showing off their creativity with products created for winter use.

Inventions include:
* The Bambini and the Ice Mower (Damian J. Products, LLC)
* Carving Snow Sled (Hammerhead Sleds)
* Alpine Ski Binding (KneeBinding)
* Bikes On Snow (Bikes On Snow, LLC)
* Alpine Wings (Bzaea, LLC)
* Handmade Dog Sleds (Montgomery Adventures)
* Vew Do Balance Boards (Balance Designs, Inc.)
* Telemark Ski Leash (Bluebird Day Gear)
* Ice Climbing Gear (Petra Cliffs)

More information about these inventions and many others can be found at

Two speakers will be presenting: Carl Ettlinger, an engineer and founder of Vermont Ski Safety, will share insights gained about ski safety and the partnerships and collaborations created to make the sport of skiing even safer. Jim Cota and Dave Blackmore from the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) will offer a hands-on demonstration of the creative and environmentally kind use of brine to treat ice on Vermont roadways.

Climb aboard! VTrans will have their Super Tanker Salt Brine Truck on display with additional VTrans folks on hand to answer questions.

Observe, touch, try and learn about these useful, quirky, clever and amazing inventions! Meet the inventors to learn about their special creations and what motivated them to invent in the first place. Learn how to get your invention to market from professionals who will be on hand.

There will be door prizes! Door prizes include, but are not limited to: dog sled ride, learn to paddle board lesson for two, an intro ice climbing lesson for one, and a scenic cruise on Lake Champlain.

Tickets are just $10 for ECHO members and $15 for non-members and can be reserved by calling 1.877.324.6386. A cash bar and lite hors d’oeuvres will be available.

ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center is located at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, on Vermont’s Burlington Waterfront. ECHO features 70 live species, more than 100 interactive experiences, changing and permanent exhibits and seasonal events — all exploring the Ecology, Culture, History, and Opportunity for stewardship of the Lake Champlain Basin. The 2.2 acre Leahy Center environmental campus is also highlighted by the Lake Champlain Basin Program Resource Room, UVM’s Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory, Lake Champlain Navy Memorial, ECHO’s Gift Shop, and food made available daily provided by Sugarsnap. Open year-round, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Day. For more information visit, call (toll-free) 1.877.324.6386, or write to ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, One College Street, Burlington, VT 05401.


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