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.
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”
Emma Hoffmann, grade 6, “Pawz”
Trinity Geyer, grade 6, “Hide-Away-Door”
Madison Hines, grade 6, “Noisy Pacifier”
Sarah Eichstadt, grade 6, “Pocket Size Eye-Glass Cleaner”
Isaac Johnson, grade 6, “The Procrastination Station”
Michael Smith, grade 6, “Paint Brush Keeper”
Connor Wise, grade 6, “Adjustable Hockey Stick”
Autumn Buckman, grade 6, “Magnet Thermos”
Carter Acker, grade 7, “Toy Cars From Trash”
Falaghenne (Mike) Combate, grade 7, “Polluted Air Filter”
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