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Invention Convention 2018

posted Jan 30, 2018, 8:26 AM by Kathleen Mayes   [ updated Jan 31, 2018, 12:45 PM by Matt Schmitz ]
This year our Exira-EHK school has participated in a special kind of science fair called the Invention Convention for the entire 7th grade class and the 4th & 5th grade TAG students. It was designed to promote student's problem-solving and creative-thinking skills. The student followed a step-by-step process to invent a new product or develop a new method for doing something. We began our preparation for the Invention Convention by having the students learn about inventors and their inventions. By doing so, we hoped the students gained an appreciation for the invention process and thus be better prepared to create their own inventions. The first step in the actual invention process was finding an idea for an invention.

The student was encouraged to find a problem that needed to be solved. He or she asked if they had a need for something that will help them solve a problem. Once the student had settled on an idea and researched it to make sure that the idea had not been used before, an Intent to Invent form was completed in class and brought home for parent signature.

The student then began the planning stages. Mr. Blake (7th grade science teacher) and Mrs. Dreier (TAG Instructor) reminded the students that although inventors often experience failure along the way, they remain persistent and keep trying and thinking of new ideas to solve a problem. Once the invention has been completed, the student may applied for a patent by completing a Patent Application form available through the school. And they worked on ways to market their product.

The Invention Convention was held at Exira-EHK Middle School Cafeteria on February 26, 2018 at 2:00pm which was open to the public. Each 34 student's entries were judged as were the student's knowledge of his or her invention.

Our winner for 7th grade class was Trey Petersen and his invention, the Band Wagon Hat. Alex Peterson took 2nd place with the Pedal Powered Kayak, 3rd place Marshal Lile with the Retractable Remote, 4th Place Gavin Bengaard with Kernel Katcher and Shayle Young with the Book Buddy. Our 4th & 5th TAG grade winner was Owen Juhl and his invention, Hoe Planter. Alex Hansen and Cannon Hansen took 2nd place with the Ultra Chicken Feeder and Brylie Andersen took 3rd place with the Goat Warmer.

Our 7th grade science teacher, Ross Blake, comments, “The 7th graders spent the last few weeks brainstorming, building, tinkering, and perfecting their inventions. We should all be proud of their dedication to the Invention Convention. "  

Mrs. Dreier, our TAG Instructor, “ The Invention Convention was an event that gave students an opportunity to demonstrate skills independently as they invented a new product or process! Every student should be very proud of the steps they took to make their final product (their invention) and express their excitement through the Invention Convention event! I would like to thank the students, Mr. Blake and parents who continue help strive to make academics a key focus in our school through this event!”