Two local Liberty High School students solve your ketchup problem
High-school seniors Tyler Richards and Jonathan Thompson have been working on a MAJOR problem that all of us deal with – the watery discharge that sometimes comes out of ketchup.
The two seniors are a part of a year-long program called Project Lead the Way Liberty North High School which has allowed them to develop a solution to this problem.
One of the biggest reasons they decided to tackle this problem, “Wet bread is gross,” said Jonathan.
With the inspiration to defeat our watery ketchup, the two students developed 60 potential designs, finally landing on a cup that looks like an upside-down mushroom. This design allows for the water to be trapped at the tip of mushroom-like design, allowing only the ketchup to come out.
“Basically kind of what’s happening is that there is no way the ketchup can go through [the regular end of the cap],” Tyler said. “So [the pressure] pushes the ketchup up and over and through the tube, whereas the water will be sitting at the bottom."
Based off of their market research, the mushroom cap will only cost about 23 cents to produce and may be able to sell it to the consumer market for about $3.00.
“It’s mostly just been kind of fun because there aren’t many classes where you can just do a year-long project on ketchup,” Tyler said.
Watch the two senior further discuss their ground-breaking design below:
- Kelly Urich