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Creative minds at invention convention in Cedar Falls


by Mike Verlo

CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -- Erasing the blackboard in a fraction of the time, keeping the calf held down in the trailer, and securing boxes and heavy equipment as they are safely pulled up stairs.  These were all creative ideas shared at the regional invention convention Friday at AEA 267. 

Nearly 150 students, ranging from kindergarten to 8th grade were competing for spots in the state-wide competition.  Students came from all over, including Clarksville, Wapsie Valley, Fairbank, Orange Elementary, Orchard Hill Elementary, East Buchanan, Dike, New Hartford, St. Athanasius, Gladbrook-Reinbeck, Independence, Nashua-Plainsfield, Kittrell Elementary, Peet Junior High in Cedar Falls, Poyner and Lincoln Elementaries in Waterloo, and Sacred Heart School in Waterloo.

Every invention served a purpose, be it finding a lost remote control, to a pair of dishwashing gloves with attached scrubbers.

"It'd be difficult to wash dishes with gloves on, so we just put sponges on one hand and scouring pads on the other hand," Sacred Heart 8th grader Briana Tooson said.  Tooson and inventing partner Isabella Armstrong say anyone could find their gloves useful.

Inventions picked Friday will advance to the state event coming up in April at the University of Iowa.

The regional invention convention was sponsored by Area Education Agency 267 and Belin-Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development.

Online Producer: Mike Verlo

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