Marissa Streng’s Puff-N-Fluff was named the top invention in 2011 by USF.
CLEARWATER — Marissa Streng, a sixth grade student at Saint Paul’s School, appeared on NBC’s The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon last Wednesday to present her invention, The Puff-N-Fluff.
Streng, the grand prize winner in the 2011 University of South Florida’s Young Innovator Competition, created the dog drying invention while she was in the third grade for the Invention Convention. Saint Paul’s third grade students submit projects to the competition each year as part of their curriculum. She has since patented and manufactured the device.
Streng and two other young inventors were featured in a segment called "Tonight Show Fallonventions." Streng, with help from Fallon, demonstrated the Puff-N-Fluff dog drying system on her dog, Mojo. At the end of the segment, Fallon surprised each of the young inventors with a check for $5,000, courtesy of sponsor GE.
The USF Young Innovator Competition was founded and designed by intellectual property attorney Anton Hopen "to promote innovation and creativity in young people by motivating them to solve problems and improve upon the things around them. In doing so, children discover why education gives them increasingly more powerful tools and resources to solve bigger problems and challenges."
The annual competition is open to K-12 students in the Tampa Bay region. Members of the USF Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors select 10 finalists from among the more than 500 entries each year. The finalists compete every year on Feb. 11 (Thomas Edison's birthday) at the University of South Florida in Tampa.
“Saint Paul’s School could not be more proud of Marissa’s success as both a student and inventor,” according to a school press release. Furthermore, the school is partnering with Camp Invention this summer as a part of their Summer Camp program.
The Puff-N-Fluff has been featured in numerous media outlets and is sold through its company website, https://thedogdryer.com.