Kids gear up for Marcellus Invention Convention

Inventors, put on your thinking caps. It's time for Invention Convention.

The Marcellus Invention Convention, which is held every other year, will take place Wednesday March 18 in Driver Middle School's old gymnasium. The general public is invited to attend the convention from 6 to 7:30 p.m. March 18.

This is the 13th year students in kindergarten through eighth grade will have the opportunity to demonstrate their inventive thinking and problem solving skills. Students will have the chance to view the invention displays with their classes during the school day.

Judging will take place from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday March 17 and many adults from the Marcellus schools and the community will volunteer their time for this event.

About 90 inventions are expected to be on display, with approximately 130 student inventors participating. These young inventors attend K.C. Heffernan Elementary School and C. S. Driver Middle School.

Certificates and ribbons will be awarded to all inventors. Grade level winners will have the opportunity to submit their inventions to the national Invent America! Contest.

Several Marcellus student inventors have won national recognition in recent years:

In the 2007 Invent America! Contest, Collette Rigas and McKenna Donegan received the Second Grade, Second Place award for their invention called "The Food Checker." Bar codes next to menu items could be scanned at the table to check the ingredients for food allergies.

Alexis Duke received an Invent America! Fifth Grade Honorable Mention award for her invention called "Lunchomatic." This lunch box could fold flat to serve as a sanitary placemat or tray to eat on.

In the 2005 Invent America! Contest, Jamie McLennan received a First Grade Honorable Mention award for her invention, "The Pillow Waker Upper." An alarm inside a pillow would wake you up but not disturb others sleeping in the same room.

Tristan Wiley was named the Kindergarten Second Place Winner for his invention called "Light Up Ski Poles." This invention enables you to see better while skiing in the dark as well as helping others to see you.

In past years, Marcellus young inventors have been featured on several TV news channels as well as in local and Syracuse newspapers.

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