The 25th annual Invention Convention was held at Ionta Elementary School in Hermitage for fourth- and fifth-graders on Feb. 27. A record number of inventions, 182, were entered in the convention.
The students came up with inventions to help solve problems in their everyday lives. Inventions were designed to help the inventors at home or in school. Several students created inventions to help their pets and family members. Some inventions were designed with inclement weather in mind which was appropriate for the day.
The purpose of the Invention Convention is to encourage students to think creatively in order to solve everyday problems in real-life situations. Fifth-grader Ethan Cozad won first place with the Automatic Bed Maker. McKenzie Gustas, a fourth-grader, took second place with her invention, “Bye Bye Stink Bug.” Fifth-grader Rhys Miller won third place with her invention, “Success Strips.” Success strips are colorful transparent bookmarks that allow people to see more clearly since using color on the printed page helps eliminate light before it hits the retina.
The first three place winners received science books as prizes. They and those students receiving honorable mentions will be entered in the Pennsylvania Inventors’ Association Competition. Members of the local business community served as judges. Teacher Nancy Bires organized the event.
Audrey Benton: Double-Sided Wreath Hanger
Jacob Vance: Think-o-Matic Hat
Kristen Such: Twist Jar
Christie Boren: Pocket Boots
Alison Stephens: Snow Shoe-vel
Maggie Rumelfanger: Alarm Clock Snuggie
Te’a Byrd: Solar-Powered Flat Surface Warmer
Erdem Duvarci: Collapsible Handles
Gabi Koch: Light the Way Slippers
Morgan Hall: Seat Belt Assist
Geana Caputo: G’s Stick a Bug
Cameron Colbert: Live Bait Cage
Tyler Speir: Mail a Rail
Ava Bleakney: The Souper Spoon
Nathan Boal: Egg Cracker
Brooke Barborals: Shopper Helper
Connor Lengyel: OCD Tube
Austin Airgood: Garbage Puncher
Bailee Parker: Colored Salt
Brady Robison: Safety Shoes
Chase Wilson: Guitar Wheels
Alexis Myers: Sock Suspender
Justice Thomas: Bottoms Up Storage Container
Ethan Rogers: Bag Grabber
Collin Moore: Collin’s Quick Change Curtains
Dallas Larimer: Tennis Shoulder Trainer.