The search for America’s next young inventor has been narrowed down to three students and their Bubble Wrap inventions. Sealed Air Corporation (NYSE:SEE), the creator of Bubble Wrap® brand cushioning, today announced the top three finalists in the third annual, nationwide Bubble Wrap® Competition for Young Inventors. They are:

• Corianne Cha, 13, North Brunswick, NJ – “Stroke Rehabilitation Color Chart” – A chart that helps stroke survivors gauge their recovering strength and helps guide their rehabilitation progress.
• Tucker Haas, 11, Charlotte, NC – “My Personal Swing Thing” – A swing for children with movement disorders that provides adjustable back and neck support using different amounts of Bubble Wrap brand cushioning.
• Nathan Huber, 14, St. Peter, MN – “Bubble Learning” – An interchangeable flash card system to help make learning fun for children.

“Every year, the competition for America’s next young inventor grows more intense and thecaliber of the submitted inventions was strong. In the end, the ingenuity of the three finalists’inventions stood out as most impressive to the judges,” stated William V. Hickey, Sealed Air’sPresident and Chief Executive Officer. “These students represent our nation’s future inventorsand Sealed Air is proud to sponsor a competition to foster the innovation and creative talents ofyoung individuals. We look forward to congratulating the finalists and their mentors during acelebratory weekend in New York City later this month."

The three finalists will be flown along with a family member to New York City, where the GrandPrize Winner and runner-ups will be announced on Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day (January 26, 2009).

While in New York, the finalists and their families will enjoy an exclusive tour of Sealed Air’smain Bubble Wrap manufacturing plant in Saddle Brook, New Jersey. Later that night, thestudents will attend a special awards dinner celebration at New York’s famous Rainbow Room inRockefeller Center. The weekend will culminate with front row seating at Blue Man Group, the off-Broadway sensation that combines music, comedy and multimedia theatrics.
The Grand Prize Winner of the competition will receive a $10,000 U.S. savings bond, while thesecond and third place winners will receive $5,000 and $3,000 U.S. savings bonds, respectively.
The teacher/mentor of each finalist will receive a $500 gift card.

About the Bubble Wrap Competition for Young Inventors
The Bubble Wrap Competition for Young Inventors encourages U.S. students in grades 5 through 8 to demonstrate their creativity and ingenuity by designing an invention that incorporates the use of Bubble Wrap® brand cushioning. Students were invited to submit original inventions along with a visual and written description that included the name of the invention, the purpose it serves, how it works and how the idea was formulated.

The Bubble Wrap Competition for Young Inventors is administered in conjunction with theNational Museum of Education and all submitted entries were judged based on their originality,creativity and practicality, as well as their benefit to society, marketability and overallpresentation. This year’s competition attracted more than 2,200 entries from 40 states, withentries that included everything from a holiday tree skirt and jewelry to a sanitary hand guard forescalators and a punching bag.

About Bubble Wrap Brand Cushioning
Bubble Wrap cushioning was invented by Sealed Air’s founders in 1960 and was originallyintended to be used as a type of textured wallpaper. The inventors quickly realized it wasactually a superior cushioning material, and Sealed Air is now a global, Fortune 500 companythat offers a wide range of packaging solutions, has operations in 51 countries and has annualsales in excess of $4 billion. Sealed Air is widely recognized for its strong commitment toinnovation, and continues to be an industry leader in research and development. For additionalinformation on Bubble Wrap brand cushioning and the competition, visit

About Sealed Air
Sealed Air is a leading global innovator and manufacturer of a wide range of packaging andperformance-based materials and equipment systems that serve an array of food, industrial,medical, and consumer applications. Operating in 51 countries, Sealed Air’s international reachgenerated revenue of $4.7 billion in 2007. With widely recognized brands such as Bubble Wrap brand cushioning, Jiffy® protective mailers, Instapak® foam-in-place systems and Cryovac packaging technology, Sealed Air continues to identify new trends, foster new markets, and deliver innovative solutions to its customers. For more information about Sealed Air, please visit the Company’s web site at