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Midlands students win innovation awards

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Since 2005, Michelin has been sponsoring Innovision’s Young Innovator Award which recognizes successful South Carolina educational programs that encourage young people to engage in science, technology, engineering, math, and innovation. Our next guest’s student team in Columbia won the most recent award for developing a COVID-19 contact tracer, which also won them $65,000 as a national finalist in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow competition. Mike Switzer interviews Kirsten Bullington, Next Energy Engineering instructor at the Richland Two Institute of Innovation in Columbia, SC.

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After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.