Curiosity yields invention at CRMS

Using scientific minds seeking solutions to daily difficulties, Coon Rapids Middle School students invented contraptions of a curious sort.

The inventive endeavors were required as part of sixth-grade science curriculum, but students could also opt to enter their invention in the school’s May 31 invention fair and vie for top prizes.

Ethan Carson makes it easy to get ready for the day, thanks to his catch-all hygiene product organizer, an invention he calls ImReady, which holds toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant and comb all together, eliminating the need to rummage through the medicine cabinet and bathroom drawers to find everything. Photos by Sue Austreng

Ethan Carson makes it easy to get ready for the day, thanks to his catch-all hygiene product organizer, an invention he calls ImReady, which holds toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant and comb all together, eliminating the need to rummage through the medicine cabinet and bathroom drawers to find everything. Photos by Sue Austreng

In all, 19 sixth-graders and one seventh-grader did, indeed, enter inventions in the fair, putting them on display in the gymnasium and providing insight and understanding for judges who interviewed each young scientist about his invention.

As part of their invention fair display, students outlined the research conducted, described the design process, listed materials used, and built a prototype of their inventions.

Those inventions included everything from a remote control vehicle used to pick up a dog’s droppings, an organizing file rack for the locker, an adjustable-length hockey stick, model cars built of recycled material, a system for washing a dog’s paws after a walk through the snow or mud, and more.

Judges awarded students prizes for best display, best prototype, most marketable, and best overall invention.

“This is really an opportunity for students to showcase their work. It boosts confidence and it might get the wheels turning with ideas for more inventions, too,” said Carey Chasteen, sixth grade science teacher at the middle school and organizer of the event.

In the end, the following students were named winners in the following categories:

Best Overall Invention

Rachel Deters, grade 6, “Homework Organizer”

Best Prototype

Emma Hoffmann, grade 6, “Pawz”

Trinity Geyer, grade 6, “Hide-Away-Door”

Best Display/Presentation

Madison Hines, grade 6, “Noisy Pacifier”

Sarah Eichstadt, grade 6, “Pocket Size Eye-Glass Cleaner”

Most Creative

Isaac Johnson, grade 6, “The Procrastination Station”

Michael Smith, grade 6, “Paint Brush Keeper”

Most Marketable

Connor Wise, grade 6, “Adjustable Hockey Stick”

Autumn Buckman, grade 6, “Magnet Thermos”

Most Eco-Friendly

Carter Acker, grade 7, “Toy Cars From Trash”

Falaghenne (Mike) Combate, grade 7, “Polluted Air Filter”

Sue Austreng is at sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

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