December 12-13, Kindy Verderber’s sixth-grade science students participated in the fifth annual Invention Convention, a project-based learning curriculum designed to teach students to think critically about problems in their world; consider the impact of inventions on their lives; and apply STEM, invention and entrepreneurial skills in creating solutions to real-world problems.
“Invention Convention encourages student creativity and helps them develop problem-solving skills,” Verderber said. “Students identify a need or problem to be solved then follow the same procedures that an inventor would follow when applying for a product patent.”
Students spent six weeks designing, building and testing their inventions leading up to this year’s Invention Convention. Their inventions were judged by several members of the St. Stephen’s faculty and staff, as well as by Danielle Horton’s engineering students.
Judges rated the inventions on a variety of factors, including how well their creation addressed a problem, how thoroughly it was researched, and how well the invention was designed and constructed.
Best Environmental Invention: “Bath to Water to Plant” by Mariana Losada Sanchez
Best Fun and Leisure Invention: “Grub and Scrub” by Dean Jones
Most Practical and Useful Inventions: “Slide and Seal” by Jack Talarico
Most Marketable Invention: “Baby Safe” by Edison Leigh
Most Original and Unique Invention: “Taco Tape” by Grant Seade
Best Layout/Design/Creative Tri-Fold Board: “Cat Attraction” by Morgan Kelly
Best Technological Breakthrough Invention: “Phone Lantern” by Keyen Gupta