Champion students learn inventive lessons
CHAMPION — Eighth-graders were selling ideas for products from shoes that tie themselves to cushions that fold into backpacks during the recent third annual Invention Convention at Champion Middle School.
Teams of four or five students had to come up with a problem and then create an invention to solve it.
Eighth-grade teachers Jessica Hrubik and Coryn Wilson said STEM students spent nine weeks in class creating their inventions. They also worked on the inventions in all of their eighth-grade academic classes. Students had access to a 3D printer and other equipment.
This is the third year for the event, and the second year the public was invited.
Items included a device that helps draw straight lines, a freeze bowl to help keep ice cream cold, self-tying shoes that are remote-controlled and many others.
“This is a collaboration in all subject areas. This year they had access to more technology,” Hrubik said.
Prior to starting, each team had to get its invention pre-approved.
Erica Peyton, 14, said her group made a Freeze-A-Bowl that keeps ice cream and other food cold when outside on a hot summer day. She said the bowl can stay cold for up to two hours after being in a freezer. It is also dishwasher safe.
“People eating outside in the summer don’t want to have their ice cream melt so quickly. This bowl will help,” she said.
To showcase their invention, team members dressed in both winter and summer attire to show cold and hot.
Sydney Dodge, 15, said her team came up with a remote controlled, shoe-tying device.
“You can tie your shoes by remote control. I came up with the idea because my shoelaces were always coming undone, so we thought of creating something to keep them tied,” she said.
Gunnar Gray, 14, said his team created “Cush a Tush” where a soft cushion to sit on can be folded and used as a backpack to carry school supplies.
“The cushion can be used for the hard chairs in class and then when class ends, it can be folded up into a backpack,” he said.
Wilson and Hrubik said the public event helps showcase the talents of the students.